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July 19, 2010
Some of you might have known that up until two weeks ago, Darn Good Yarn was not my full time job. Yes, I did work way more than 40 hours a week at the yarn helm but I was also working two other jobs. Unfortunately, I have lists of blog ideas/posts that I’ve promised to myself and others to post and alas life gave way and I wound up with notebooks and notebooks full of “love letters” to me!
Well, this post (forgive me Erin) was inspired by our own Erin Mapes. You know her! She’s one of our very talented featured artists and you should go and visit her etsy store: erinmapes.etsy.com
Instead of me re-telling you the story, read about the touching project Erin did:
I used some of your recycled sari silk in an art project with one of my classes earlier this year (I’m an art teacher here in DC). One of their classmates was shot and killed one weekend, and we wanted to do a project in his memory. So I created a mobile structure out of bent wire hangers that I wrapped in sari silk, and I gave them each a long piece. They had to cut a shape out of stiff paper and write a wish or thought for this boy, Oscar, then attach it to the string and hang it from the mobile. We put it up in the room as a memorial, and it’s still hanging there now. I attached a picture of it below. The light’s not that great, so it doesn’t look like anything spectacular, but the kids really enjoyed making it, and they LOVED the yarn. They thought it was the coolest thing in the world and were all asking to take pieces home with them, lol. So thanks for having such a shiny, colorful yarn to brighten up my students’ day. ~Erin
And here is a picture. It’s fantastic that all of the students could come together and create something so beautiful and touching for such a difficult subject.
July 19, 2010
Have you been to Kathy’s Quilt Shop or her fantastic website: http://www.kathysquiltshop.com/ Go visit now!
Not only does this great shop carry Darn Good Yarn but she also has a wonderful array of classes and everything else crafty that will fill up your supply drawers quickly! If you’re driving through or a nearby resident of Prince George BC you should poke your head in to say hi!
Here’s the store info:
Kathy’s Quilt Shop
1260 4th Avenue, Prince George, BC V2L 3J4, Canada
Want a map? Click here.
And they have great hours! 10-5 Monday- Saturday!
From the website: Every Thursday is Community Play Day. As always, we feel donated quilts should have the same good quality fabrics that you’d use in your own quilts. What you make represents you. You’re worth the best and so are the recipients of our donations, whatever their circumstances. We have a big box of donated fabric you can use while you’re here. Come and work on a community project (there are many needy people out there). You’ll never know how good you feel until you try.
Check out this great video too!
July 18, 2010
Have you noticed that here at Darn Good Yarn we’ve become a little nuts about our sari ribbon. And oh the varieties! Check them out here!
Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon Tassel
This one I love! I was futzing around thinking about making a nice tassel. So, I did! I also beaded up a little strand of lime green seed beads and tied them around for extra embellishment. It was the perfect finishing touch. Use these to tie back curtains or tie around a pillow or you can just hang them on over guest hand towels– the possibilities are really limitless. Just don’t be afraid of color! Make a smaller one and use it as a pull on a light or a fan. Or you can make a mini one with a long tail and turn it into a bookmark. What a great gift!
For the tassel pictured you’ll need:
You’ll need 1 100g skein of Darn Good Yarn’s Around the World Sari Ribbon. You can also substitute this skein with the variety of other sari ribbons Darn Good Yarn carries. They come in solids, mixed prints, eye-lashed, and silk varieties.
CD Case or heavy cardboard that has the same dimensions (this determines the length of the fringe of the tassel so you can make it as long or short as you’d like)
1) Wrap the yarn around the CD case (or heavy duty cardboard). Do this until it bulks up to your desired “poofiness”. For the tassel pictured, it was about 25 times.
2) Cut the remaining ribbon
3) Take a 7 inch piece of ribbon and thread it through one side of the loops. You need this because you can use this ribbon to attach it to whatever you had in mind. Make it longer if you say had curtains that were very bulky. If you are having a tough time getting the ribbon through the loops, go ahead and go to step 4 and then carefully go back to this step.
4) Slide the recycled sari ribbon off the CD case.
5) Cut another piece of ribbon about 6 inches in length. This will tie the tassel together. So, tie it close to the top of the loops you just passed that ribbon from step 3. Make a neat and tight square knot for this part. this is especially important if you’re not going to add additional embellishments. You can tuck the ends of this ribbon underneath this band to make them lie flat.
6) It should really look like a tassel now! But you must cut and trim the bottom loops. Make sure to get them all and arrange the recycled sari ribbon so there is equal poofiness.
7) Go ahead an embellish as you see fit. Get funky! Try beads, buttons or leave it as is.
July 17, 2010
When I’m on my way to yoga sometimes I like a little extra something for my outfit aside from my pants and shirt. I was staring at a pile of samples this afternoon and I started playing with our fantastic Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon.
I came up with a super quick no knit, no crochet Cowl/Scarf. This quick craft project is also easy and fun to do with a child as it requires just the skill of braiding and having fun with the textures. I find there is such beauty in yarns that it’s sometimes nice to just display that fact on it’s own and that’s where the inspiration came from for this scarf. All you need are three lengths of about 5 feet of Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon . I used my arms length to measure this. You may want more or less depending on how many loops you’d like around your neck or how long you’d like it to drape.
I first knotted the three ends together. I then loosely braided the Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon together for about 7 inches, then knotted it off. I then jumped about 4 inches and put another knot in the ribbon, braided the remainder and tied to the end to make a loop. You don’t have to loop it. You can just knot both ends and where it as a long slinky scarf that’s perfect for summer. And that’s it! This yarn is so darn rustic and funky and artsy, I wanted to make a simple items that shows it off and I think this does a lovely job doing it.
A variation I did with the ribbon was cut my favorite sections from the Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon and then tie them back together so that way I could make sure I got all of my favorite colors in the piece. I can’t wait to wear it out! you Buy the Sari Ribbon By Clicking HERE!
What do you think?
July 12, 2010
Do you know how diet people tell you that when you want to lose weight you should tell everyone around you so that you are held accountable? Well, I’m hoping that same idea works for me; that is, showing you what I’m making will help me get to my finish line of making this super cute shruggy sweater out of my own recipe of Banana Fiber (which you can get by clicking here). I just started it and aside from knowing it’s my own “brew” of banana silk fiber yarn, I am so in love with the lush shiny nature of this it. I also love the little bit of lumpiness that comes with working with the banana silk fiber yarn. It just reminds me that there was a person at the other side of the creation of it not a big ol’ machine. It’s so soft too! And since I’m incredibly tough on my clothes, I know the banana fiber will hold up to my test and my washer!
July 10, 2010
The creativity of Darn Good Yarn’s Etsy Shop owners is so inspiring, isn’t it? Well, I had to introduce you to Lisa. Lisa’s blog profile describes here the best: Mixed media artist with hunter-gatherer tendencies whose work is characterized by rust, layers, found objects, depth, texture, tone on tone, vintage textiles, nature, antique finds, details, metal, wire, manipulation and continual inspiration
Read about her visually stunning adventures in crafting on her blog: http://mudhoundprimitives.blogspot.com/
But of course mon petit chou chou, you can visit Lisa’s Etsy store: http://www.jmozart.etsy.com
Lisa’s favorite Darn Good Yarn? Well, she loves picking from our Dessert Menu of Solid Colored Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon
Just look at some of the wonderful items you can purchase there:
April 22, 2010
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!
April 18, 2010
Debbie, a fellow Darn Good Yarny emailed me one day with some amazing pictures of a shawl she made for her daughter. She adapted a pattern posted here (don’t worry it’s free) to use with our entire line of Sari Silk Ribbon Yarns. Check these out by clicking here. Isn’t this masterpiece beautiful?
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:
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.
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!
Check out what Debbie made! Aren’t these colors divine?!
Check out what Fay did:
Have you checked out this awesome etsy shop yet? Feride is a Darn Good Yarn wiz! Check out a few of her awesome craftiness!
April 16, 2010
OK give it a second… there is a video you should watch that will load right here.
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?