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KNIT: Recycled Silk Pattern Wine Bottle Bag

November 2, 2009

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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!

Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio

October 28, 2009

Sometimes you run across great people in the online universe. For me, it was Shannon who owns the Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio. I recently had an urge to get a spinning wheel so I did what most of us would do for a big ticket item…hit up ebay. Lucky for me, Shannon was getting rid of an Ashford Kiwi which I won in a heart-stopping auction which required me to duck out of my other job for 5 mins and bid feverishly on my iPhone while trying beat off this other pesky bidder.

But we got to talking and she owns this great shop! And I got a sample of her rovings…. beautiful! And her handspun yarn will make you drool. I’m serious!

Click Here To Go To The Lodge!

Click Here To Go To The Lodge!

Take a look at the site and order up some crafting goodness and tell her we sent you!

KNIT: Mobius Cowl on a Yo Yo Diet

October 27, 2009

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Click here to get on the yo-yo diet

Click here to get on the yo-yo diet

What’s not to love about the Yo Yo Diet Thick and Thin Wool Yarn? It’s not crazy expensive, it comes in great colors and it’s 100% wool!

And now, thanks to our “resident” knitter Faith we now have a great Mobius Cowl pattern you can get! Click Here To Get The Pattern.

Click Here to Get the Pattern

Click Here to Get the Pattern

Oddball Gumball Yarn Packs Are HEEEEERRRRREEEEE!

October 23, 2009

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Click Here to check out the color

Click Here to check out the color

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.

Each ball is about 100g and contains approximately 90 yards of yarn. With rich hues and great sheen this will make your projects shine!!!

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!

I’ve seen similar yarn sell on the internet for $14 per 100g and it’s still in skeins…what a rip off! has an Etsy Store: RecycledSilkYarn

September 20, 2009

So,, your source for premium recycled silk yarn, fair trade yarn and knitting and crochet accessories has opened up an etsy store so you can pick out individual balls of yarn! Our user name at etsy is RecycledSilkYarn Click Here to Visit

Darn Good Yarn on Etsy

September 7, 2009

I know that sometimes shopping online for craft projects can well…stink.

Silk Sari Ribbon

Silk Sari Ribbon

As a fellow crafter/addict of anything colorful, shiny and pretty, I realize that need to get the exact ball, fiber etc of what you want. It’s like finding that perfect onion in the store. Sure, it’s going to wind up chopped diced and mangled in your recipe, but it’s important to find just the right one. Believe me, I’m guilty of searching through the mounds of onions just like the rest of us! And I realize the importance of choice!

Darn Good Yarn on Etsy

Darn Good Yarn on Etsy

So, I had a breakthrough similar to that of Newton’s Apple. We’ll call this breakthrough Nicole’s Yarn Ball. I’m listing individual and groupings of our popular yarns on our newly created Etsy store “Recycled Silk Yarn”. Clever name eh?

So, if you’re not into trusting my judgement through go ahead and pick out the very exact ball notion or package at RecycledSilkYarn on Etsy.

And if you have a custom request, you just let me know! I will take pictures and send you everything I can to help you make your decision!

Click Me to go to our Etsy Store

Click Me to go to our Etsy Store

KNIT: Recycled Crafting Easy Quick Scarf

June 27, 2009

Quick Easy ScarfWe’re all in a money crunch these days. A Darn Good Accessory will solve your problems, at least for looking cute because it’s a 3 in 1 accessory! Wear it as a scarf, headband or belt.

I actaully had a recent request from client in Norway for me to knit her up this very pattern. Look at what she said, (thanks Carmen!)

I got the scarf in the mail today, it was really gorgeous! I got it earlier than expected, from the United States to Norway in 5 days! The service here is really great too! I absolutely recommend trying the recycled silk yarn to everyone! You’ll hear from me again :)
Thank you Nicole!

So, come on, let’s knit one up. I promise it won’t take long. It’s an easy easy pattern and if you check out the video I show you how I like to tie mine up in my hair..tres chic yes?

Quick Easy ScarfQuick Easy ScarfQuick Easy Scarf

Here’s what you need to make this:
The Darn Good Accessory Kit, click Here for more info.

And here’s the more than easy how-to:
CO 13 sts.
K1, P1 every row…woo hoo (I love mindless patterns sometimes because they’re great for newbies and they are medatative! Om!)
So how long are you going to make it? Well, this is totally up to you. I usually use 1 and 3/4 balls of yarn but I love a long skinny scarf. If you want even more drama keep going. Want shorter than shorten it up!
BO, weave in ends and style it up and look cute!

Look at you go!

How to flaunt it: See My Video

Quick Easy ScarfAs a scarf. This type of scarf is meant to be wrapped a couple of times around your neck. Here’s how to get the look as shown by moi. I take the end of my Darn Good Accessory and place it about in the top third of my torso and wrap around my neck like that then tie it off to the side (so it doesn’t look like a tie). I never start by hanging the scarf in the middle behind my neck because I think you don’t get to show off as much as the scarf and your ends can’t be uneven and you don’t get to make a cute tie in it.

As an awesome headband. Because this Darn Good Accessory is done in moss stitch it grips onto itself and doesn’t shift making it the perfect candidate for a headband. So, here’s how to do it. Put your hair up into a high ponytail and cover your part. It doesn’t even need to be neat because it will be covered by the DGA. Quick Easy Scarf So, depending on if you want part of the DGA to hang down your back or not depends on if you start the headband in the back or front of your head. So, choose the base of your head or just at the front of your hair line at your forehead. From there, find the center of your DGA and wrap symmetrically around your head with both hands, switching ends with your hands when it crosses over keeping the scarf tight. The trick to making it flat is to pyramid the wraps as if you were putting grip on a tennis racquet or tape on a road bike handle. The cool part about this DGA is that you don’t need to knot it for it to stay in place you simply need to tie it. You can take your hair out at that point of leave it up…whatev:-). Be prepared to get some compliments!! Pair with some mellow colors to wear so you highlight the scarf.

As a cool belt over a long shirt. You could have it go around once and let the ends hang or you could double it around and make it like a little corset look. I totally recommend a nice sold dark color with this option though… you don’t want too much going on in your outfit!

KNIT: 1 T-Shirt and Recycled Silk Case

June 27, 2009

Pencil Case Blender YarnThis is such a versatile case. First, I started making this with the intent to have it be a pencil case. But when I finished it up, it fit my cell, some bills, some plastic and my pens. And, oh yea, it’s made out of an old t-shirt (the one used here was so stained..yikes!) and then one kit for this pattern which¬† you can get here: Click Me

Get the Kit Now! ON SALE! 1 T-shirt Pencil Case Kit

Get the Kit Now! ON SALE! 1 T-shirt Pencil Case Kit

Here are the instructions to make the T-shirt yarn:

>How to make T shirt Yarn

So here is the pattern,
CO 8 sts with the recycled silk and your recycled T-Shirt

Work in garter for 13 inches.

So, a note, the knitting will be tight but that’s what it’s supposed to do so your pencils don’t fall out!

After you’ve knitted up the body, let’s work on the flap, we’ll do this row by row:
Row 1: K2tog, knit to end
Row 2: K2tog knit to end
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: K2tog, knit to end
Row 6: K2tog, knit to end
Row 7: Knit
Row 8: Knit
Row 9: K2tog, knit to end
Row 10: K2tog, knit to end

Now you have two stitches left. Go ahead and make 4.75 inches of i-cord.

Cool, almost done!

Pencil Case Blender YarnPencil Case Blender YarnPencil Case Blender Yarn

Now BO and leave about a 6-10″ tail of yarn. You’re going to now use this tail to draw the i-cord into a loop and sew/weave that remaining yarn into the base of where the flap stopped and the i-cord started. This will create a button loop for you!

So now, fold the pencil case so it looks like the finished product pictured here. Can you see where the button should be? Good, sew the button there with the hemp.

OK, so take the hemp and sew up the edges! Oh yea, now you’re all done, and your friends will be green with envy!

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So you need to know how to make T-shirt yarn? Well it’s easy! For this example, I used a medium shirt, which due to my “incredible” laundry skills shrunk to a not so flattering belly shirt! And yea it was stained from hair dying experiments! So, that shirt was a perfect candidate…which one are you going to use?