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November 4, 2009
So you might remember I asked Chriss (our great crocheter) what inspires her: you read about it by clicking here.
But I had to ask our great knitter Faith the same thing. Read what she has to say!I’ve been knitting since I was in my early teens. I made myself sweaters and ponchos and the like. I earned some of my money for university knitting sweaters. I hadn’t been knitting much lately except out of necessity (I go through a lot of mittens), but I found Darn Good Yarn by accident this summer. I was entranced by the yarn and intrigued by the 80 ways to save the earth tote bag. I ordered some of the yarn. When I decided to make the tote smaller than the pattern called for, I had leftover yarn, so I decided to make mittens. Silk is supposed to be the warmest thing to wear in the winter. They turned out well, so I figured I’d try socks, something I hadn’t knit since I was about 14. This meant ordering more yarn. I was working on them while on vacation, and my daughter and I wandered into a fancy yarn shop in Charlottetown. She fell in love with thrummed mittens, so I figured out how to make those. Her sister needed a pair after seeing them, naturally. By this time I was totally in love with the silk. Nicole was looking for designers, and every time I looked at the silk I came up with another idea for how to use it. We started collaborating, and there you are.
I also design cross-stitch and blackwork patterns and write for various publications, including a review zine.
October 29, 2009
I love local artists! I have to live vicariously through everyone else who has time to knit because I don’t have time anymore…tres sad. But Rebecca, owner of Rivka Designs, had items which really struck my interest. And she is now making items out of Darn Good Yarn’s Premium Recycled Silk!
Rebecca sells her amazing wares in some high-end shops in northern Cali. She has also been setting up shop at Farmers Markets and Renaissance Fairs for over 6 years!
October 23, 2009
Check out this video then read on! (Give it a second to load if you have a slow connection)
This worsted weight yarn is handspun in women’s co-ops in Nepal and made from recycled silk. So, not only are you getting an incredibly unique yarn, you’re creating jobs for others.
We got some different colors in outside of the normal Gumball Recycled Silk Balls. Well you’re gonna score on this deal! This yarn pack comes with 4 slightly mismatched Gumball Recycled Silk 100 g balls. And you can choose the pack you want…but HURRY! We only have one pack of each color pack shown in the pictures.
We suggest size US 8-10 (5-6mm, UK/Canada 6-4). Depending on your knitting your gauge will be about 3-4 stitches per inch (13-15 stitches per 10 cm).
Exclusive to Darn Good Yarn: Remember, when you order this yarn with DGY, you’re going to get this great yarn in balls not cumbersome skeins. So, when you get your package, you can get crafting right away and not pay extra for that little luxury!
October 11, 2009
I want to make sure you’re happy with your purchases so I offer you the option to get a sample of the yarn. You’ll get about two feet of the yarn wrapped around a 5×7 index card.
Choose the yarn you’re trying to make a decision on.
If you decide to the buy the yarn you got the sample for, let us know when you order and we will refund your sample cost!
Also, please note on the yarns which have multiple colors I will send our standard sample color. If you would like to see a sample of your specific color please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org upon purchase.
October 3, 2009
I was just at an Alpaca Event at Ranch of the Oaks. Check out their yarn here.But I was talking to someone who knitted with my yarn and she said she threw it in the dryer. I’m talking about Darn Good Yarn’s Premium Recycled Silk.
I just about fainted when I heard that. You see, I’m a total wus when it comes to my hand-knitted items. I have so little time to make them that they become treasured little nuggets so I “baby” them. But I figured I had to try this out…for the sake of all you out there feverishly crafting away with this great yarn!
So normally I tell people that if you want to wash your garment you can pick from this list: dry clean, dryel (the dry cleaning process you can do in your dryer), hand wash in cold water or throw your item in the machine with like colors on the delicate cycle with cold water.
And then to dry, I tell people to lay flat.
Well, for my experiment, I threw a swatch knitted up in stockinette stitch into the wash with like colored clothes on a …**gasp** normal cycle. Yes, I even had jeans in there!
I took it out, not bad…could this be a Darn Good Breakthrough?
Now onto the dryer…
I threw everything into the dryer on regular heat and all. My result… it held its shape pretty well. It did get a little fuzzy but it did make it reaaaaaaally soft. I like the result! Here are some before and after pictures. Hope they help you!
Now keep this in mind too. When I took these photos, you will notice the “after” swatch is upside down. There actually really wasn’t that much loss in shape, my knitting was what didn’t have any shape to begin with:)
September 28, 2009
Due to constraints with our impending move, we were limited by weight and I couldn’t bring all of the inventory I accumulated with me. So I turned to Beth and asked if she would store and ship my items. Very very very luckily for me, she agreed. She is super supportive and always helped me with a plethora of ideas. She also seemed to have a good eye for what product would sell well on the west coast. After a few moves over the past two years, I got a little burned out in the Around the Om department. Finally, after being settled for more than 4 months I turned to Beth again to get my first business going again. Supportive as ever, she said yes and here we are! Tadah!
We are now working together to pump new blood into the items we love and continue to import. We work hard to ensure items are fairly traded and people in the supply chain are paid fairly. Many of our items are limited in quantity too and priced for the holidays!
Thanks for taking your time to find out how Around the Om got started!
September 13, 2009
Ok, ok…through lots of loving heckling I present to you a crochet pattern..gasp!
Understand, I’m a knitter and thanks to my crafty MIL I now know how to crochet but not well enough to even put a pattern up for anyone to follow. With that in mind, I turned to one of Darn Good Yarn’s sponsored Etsy Artists, Melissa. She came up with two super simple crochet patterns.
This is the first, a nifty scarf very much like the “Darn Good Accessory”
So, here’s the pattern!
Easy Breezy Recycled Silk Skinny Scarf
Need: 2 balls recycled silk yarn:
Hook: H (5.0 mm)
roughly 4 inches wide, 90 inches long.
Round 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook and every ch across, ch 1, turn
Round 2: sc across, ch 1 turn
Rounds 3 – 5: repeat round 2
Round 6: sc in first stitch, *ch 3, sk 2, sc in next* repeat 3 times, sc in last stitch, ch 1, turn
Round 7: sc in first stitch, *ch 3, sc in ch 3 loop* repeat 3 times, sc in last stitch, ch 1, turn
Repeat round 7 until you reach the desired length, being sure to leave enough yarn to finish
Finish: sc in first stitch, 3 sc in each ch3 loop, sc in last stitch, ch 1, turn.
sc in each stitch, ch 1, turn
repeat 3 times, finish off, weave ends.
Note: Yarn sometimes twists, be careful to untwist it as you are crocheting. If yarn is too tight, upgrade to J hook. Your scarf will be slightly wider, you may need an additional ball of yarn to attain the desired length.
Another note: This is a free pattern which is not to be used for commercial gain. Feel free to tell your friends and use it how you like but respect the artist!
September 12, 2009
Don’t let your imagination cease with this pattern. These great slippers are great for travel as well as around the house! I am making a pair for myself for when I fly on planes because they roll up into my purse and when I’m on the plane I can slip off my shoes and stick these puppies on….ah bliss!
You can also easily make a couple pairs for when you have guests to your house. Knit them up a pair to wear around your place and then let them take them home to enjoy and remember their time with you!
This pattern calls for an old t-shirt or two and some Darn Good Yarn (come on you know you have that one with the stain on it that really needs to be re-purposed). You can use either two balls of the premium recycled silk yarn or two balls of the slightly unrefined silk both found by click on the following pictures:
The pattern is very easy to follow and would be suitable for a beginner too. The pattern is $3.99, an absolute steal for the versatility of the slippers!
July 3, 2009
Well, it’s been a long time coming.
No one tells you when you own your own business you don’t have to everything yourself… I totally missed that memo. I was trying to be photographer (which I still am) and website coder and shipper. I tried and tried and tried and then I realized I needed help….professional help.
So, Tim, a shoutout to you an your team at Aarfie.
So, I incorporated my favorite color… I’ll give you three guesses!
I’ve put a ton of love into the redesign and I hope that you find our new site not just a place to get your favorite unique yarn for your crafting adventures; but you use it as a resource to check out the free patterns, find out what artists I’m featuring are doing, organizing tips and anything else I can think of to make your day easier (think meditation and guest appearances from my favorite yoga instructor Wanda).
And yes, I love love love hearing what you have to say… so you see that comments section below? Well, fill it out and share your voice!
So what do you think?