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Use that Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon!

July 12, 2010

I love giving presents and I really love wrapping them. When I was little, I remember sitting with my mom before Christmas and meticulously wrapping presents and creasing the edges. As I grew up, my wrapping style changed a little and I got a little more artsy and starting “coloring outside of the lines”.

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I wanted to share with you how a gift I recently gave looked when I wrapped it in simple tissue paper and then used the Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon. You can check out the whole category of my Recycled Sari Ribbons by clicking here

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Buy Unique Homemade Gifts!

April 22, 2010

Fantastic Feats of Yarn

Fantastic Feats of Yarn

Wow!

Sometimes, you run across fiber artists that blow your socks off and I have the privilege of supplying yarn to this type of artist, meet Nancy of Nancyyule.com! Please take a moment and poke around (and buy!) http://www.nancyyule.com

It will inspire and amaze you. I bet you never thought fiber could loop and turn and suspend the way Nancy makes it. I didn’t either until I saw the pictures! Feel free to click on any of the pictures below and it will take you over to her site!

Thank you for inspiring all of us Nancy!

Nancy in Action

Nancy in Action

Glorious Purses Made by Nancy

Glorious Purses Made by Nancy

Write your dreams in this fiber laced notebook!

Write your dreams in this fiber laced notebook!

CROCHET: Colorful Silk Sari Ribbon Shawl

April 18, 2010

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Do you want to see some more pictures of her creation and others? Check out the new section of our webpage that features fellow Darn Good Yarny’ creations!

I got to thinking and you can also take the Solomon’s Knot and make a bed spread too. Wouldn’t that look amazing over a bed in a little girl’s room or your room? Want more info on how to make the Solomon’s Knot? Click Here or watch this video below:

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Darn Good Yarners Projects!

April 18, 2010

This part of the site is simply a collection of your awesomeness! Check out all of the amazing things people just like you are doing with Darn Good Yarn!
You see, I told you dogs love Darn Good Yarn! Didn’t Laura do a fantastic job on this headband? You can get a free pattern for it by clicking here.

Maggie the Dog Loves Headbands made from Darn Good Yarn

Maggie the Dog Loves Headbands made from Darn Good Yarn


Wow the colors of the recycled silk sari yarn are amazing don’t you think?! Michele W is going to make a couple of these triangles and attach them to make a shawl. Yum! Recycled Silk woven Shawl
Recycled Silk woven Shawl 2

Check out what Debbie made! Aren’t these colors divine?!

Made with Silk Sari Ribbon

Made with Silk Sari Ribbon

Made with Silk Sari Ribbon

Made with Silk Sari Ribbon

Made With Silk Sari Ribbon

Made With Silk Sari Ribbon

Check out what Fay did:

Click to get the yarn

Click to get the yarn

and now the inside...

and now the inside...

Have you checked out this awesome etsy shop yet? Feride is a Darn Good Yarn wiz! Check out a few of her awesome craftiness!

Click here to get the yarn

Click here to get the yarn

Click here to get the yarn

Click here to get the yarn


KNIT: 1/2 Ball Headband

April 16, 2010

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OK give it a second… there is a video you should watch that will load right here.

Click here to get the Premium Recycled Silk Sari Yarn

Click here to get the Premium Recycled Silk Sari Yarn

This cool headband is super easy to make and it only takes a 1/2 a ball of Darn Good Yarn’s Premium Recycled Silk Yarn.

So, you can use size 5 needles and it will make a nice tight stitch.

On DPNs or circulars, CO 3 and make an i-cord for about 4 inches (or however long you want the tie tails to be and how you’re going to tie it in the back). Remember, as you break the silk in and wash it, it will stretch a little so if you’re not sure, go shorter.
After you have the first side of the tie done, you’ll start some very simple increases by making one at the first stitch and last stitch of the row for every row until you have the desired width. I brought mine out to 11 stitches. You can increase in your favorite fashion. Your hair will cover it up probably so don’t worry too much. I like KFB (knit front and back).
Now, here is where you get to be creative and you should think about how many stitches you should have on your needles now. You can go straight garter (all knit stitches) or you can really play around with the stitch pattern. Remember to account for the number of stitches you have on your needle. For example, double moss stitch (which is fun and easy and doesn’t allow for too much stretching) is created in multiples of 4′s so you would only want 12 stitches on your needles.

If you started on DPN’s and you haven’t moved your work onto straight needles you can do that now. If you’re on circulars, you can keep the work on there. You’re not joining the work in any way but working back and forth as you would on straight needles.

Put your work down for a second and measure your head. Where are you going to wear your headband toward the front of your hairline, behind your bangs? Measure it from the middle of your left ear, over your head, the the middle of your right ear.  This is a great approximation of how long the body of your work should be. Again, remember, there will be some breaking in over time so while it seems short, it’s not.

About 12-13 inches will do though in case you don’t have a tape measure handy.

So after you’ve knitted the body up, start decreasing one the first and last stitch  of the row down to where you have three stitches. Straight needles users, put your work onto DPN’s and circular needle. Make up that i-cord for the same length you made the first one. Bind off and weave in any ends of course.

You’re done… that was easy yes?

Recycled Silk Sari Yarn Headband Free Knit Pattern

Recycled Silk Sari Yarn Headband Free Knit Pattern

Recycled Silk Sari Yarn Headband Free Knit Pattern

Recycled Silk Sari Yarn Headband Free Knit Pattern

Free Lacey Crochet Scarf Pattern

January 20, 2010

New Free Pattern on my Blog!!

Free Scarf Crochet Pattern

Free Scarf Crochet Pattern

To get the free pattern to make this scarf please visit my blog @
http://theartofzencrochet.blogspot.com/
BTW: I think this scarf would work up really lovely in any of Nicole’s Yarns, especially the Banana Silk!!! I am going to give that a go next and will post photos on my blog for you to see, (and admire!)
Have the best day ever!!

Free Crochet Pattern Time again!!!

November 25, 2009

So, I have been playing a lot lately at using up scraps of yarn and sometimes upcycling or recycling items I already have to give them a new look!  As I promised I would post them here on crochet Corner.   I think This bracelet would be great as a stocking stuffer for Christmas!  Or even as a gift for a gal of any age.

Here’s one for a Bracelet:

Sari Silk Bracelet

Sari Silk Bracelet

20-40 yards of Recycled Sari Silk Yarn
An old bracelet of any width  I used a plastic one about 1/2″ wide
Size 4.5 mm crochet hook.
Darning needle.

Row 1: Make a slip knot as you normally would to start crocheting. With the inside of the bracelet towards you and the yarn on the outside insert hook to the inside (from top to bottom) of bracelet, yarn over and draw up a loop, bring yarn around back side of bracelet, yarn over, pull thru 2 loops on hook. You are going to repeat this until you have covered your bracelet.   Push your stitches close together to ensure you cover your bracelet fully.  Join with slip stitch to first stitch. Fasten off and weave in ends.   Please see the photos below for visual help.

Socks 783

Socks 784

Socks 781

Tip, work the tail from the beginning under as you go, then you don’t have to weave it in later.   Have fun!  :)

All about Faith…. the designer!

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!

Click here for Faith's Slipper Pattern

Click here for Faith's Slipper Pattern

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.

Click Here Tibet Sari Silk Poncho Knit Pattern By Faith!

Click Here Tibet Sari Silk Poncho Knit Pattern By Faith!

KNIT: Recycled Silk Pattern Wine Bottle Bag

November 2, 2009

Check out this video and please give it a second to load!

MMMMM it's wine time!

MMMMM it's wine time!

How to make the Darn Good Yarn Wine Bottle Bag

Get a pair of size 15 needles,
get 2- 100g balls of the yarn we call the blender

Click here to get me! The Blender

Click here to get me! The Blender

You can get a little bit of ribbon too (or you can use left over yarn) This will be used in the finished product.. I’ll explain in a little bit

So, this one is easy: Cast on 39 sts and work in moss stitch (k1, p1) until your rectangle measures 6.25 inches long. Now stitch up the side. Ok now measure 3 inches down. Remember that ribbon? Yes? Well weave it in and out of your project. When you slip the bottle of wine in, you’ll use this to tighten the bag around the neck of the bottle.

Don’t like wine? Find some olive oil and use the same mechanics to give a stunning gift!

Not only is the inside goodies great but this bag totally has a chance of being re-used and will make your present look like the best one under the tree or on the table!

close up!

close up!

Check out Rivka Designs

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!

Click here to get Premium Recycled Silk!

Click here to get 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!

Click Here to Check Out Her Facebook Page and make contact!