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How’d You Do That? Discover Unique Ways DGYers Use Their Yarn

October 22, 2013

With the wonderful and unique yarns that Darn Good Yarn offers, we often get to see that yarn used in unique ways!  Sharon of Abingdon, Virginia put her very own spin on her Darn Good Yarn purchases.  In more ways than one.

She sent us this picture of her great project, a beautiful table runner she made as a gift for her new daughter-in-law.

In this project, she used about 9 skeins of silk sari ribbon in bridal white and a purple/turquoise mix.  Need to snap up some sari ribbon of your own?  Just click here.

When I first saw this project, I had no idea how it was made.  I emailed Sharon and she let me in on the secret.  She wove it on her very own traditional peg loom.  Now, I consider myself pretty die-hard in my fiber appreciation, but I had never even heard of it.  She had anticipated this, and sent me this helpful picture:

Now, of course, I want one of my very own.  You get to weave without a giant intimidating loom!  I plan on looking one up soon.  But Sharon didn’t just weave her ribbon, she put her own “spin” on the fiber – with her Ashford Country Spinner II spinning wheel.  She described her spinning for me: “I spin custom yarns, mostly for my mother, who is a weaver.  My yarns are different than traditional yarns, not really artsy with bling, but more raw and natural as I try to keep the integrity of the locks and fiber intact.  I spin mostly Alpaca and Sheep wool – I try to use the local farms as much as possible.”  She spun the ribbon just enough to put a light twist into it, and added her own turquoise and purple merino wool with the ribbon in the center.  Here’s a closer look at her work:

Have these gorgeous hues inspired you to get out your spinning wheel?  Darn Good Yarn has roving and batts for spinning!  Find them here.

Sharon definitely thinks outside the box when it comes to fiber manipulation.  She told me all about her newest project: “My newest venture is spinning the silk and fabric from old weddings gowns into a useable yarn for brides to make a shawl, purse, or keepsake blanket.  There are so many wedding gowns in attics not being used!  I try to balance the spinning between work, my horses and my chickens.  :)   Although, if I could, I would spin 24 hours a day!!!”

I fully agree with her there.  She said she would welcome any questions about her spinning projects, peg looms, or custom orders.  Just email her at sazens4@aol.com!

Want to share your Darn Good Yarn project with other fiber lovers?  Just email me at marissa@darngoodyarn.com.

Happy Crafting!

Marissa, Darn Good Yarn blogger

South Frontenac Fibers Interviews Darn Good Yarn!

May 20, 2013

Teira from South Frontenac Fibers asked me for an interview. She’s got the post up on her blog, so go take a look! Teira is a knitter and spinner, and has dogs and chickens. She posts on her blog frequently, and there’s a lot of great stuff to read there too. One of her goals this year is to create some patterns. Woot! I know I’m looking forward to a sock pattern, even though I’ve only made one pair (those were made special for the Darn Good Husband)!

I had so much fun answering her questions, and even made two video responses. Haha, I’m glad you got a good laugh, Teira. :D

Here is the video:

Thank you so much for doing this feature on your blog, Teira.

xoxo,

Nicole Snow, President of Darn Good Yarn

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Meet and Greet!: Che Sweetland from Meadowfly Farms – Darn Good Yarn

May 3, 2013

Hello! I gotta tell you about Che. She’s a sweet young woman who is love with DGY just as much as the rest of us. But here’s the cool part. Not only does she live in Maine, she’s also going to be providing us with some AWESOME soaps! Feeling a goat milk soap lather on your body is just heavenly.

Meadowfly Farm Goat Milk Soap

And the goats themselves are super cute! The does are milked daily, so this is really a hands-on small business. Che, we’re happy to have your soaps available on the DGY website!

Meadowfly Farm Goat Milk Soap

She’s got a lot of great soap fragrances available, and most of her soaps are all-natural. Head over to her blog  for the low down on Che!

xoxo,

Nicole Snow, President of Darn Good Yarn

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FedEx Hung Out with the Darn Good Yarn Crew: Behind the Scenes! – Darn Good Yarn

March 5, 2013

Okay, so it’s been a few weeks since they were here, but I wanted to share with you all the great fun we had with this sweet little sampling of candid pictures. You can always find more of the photos in my Facebook fan page gallery!

Squeakers just has to take the show!:

FedEx and Darn Good Yarn Behind the Scenes

This is how those fabulous Heirloom Knitting Needles are made:

FedEx and Darn Good Yarn Behind the Scenes

Making great content isn’t always beautiful. Sometimes you have to cook in front of the fire, like poor Greg had to do for the audio!:

FedEx and Darn Good Yarn Behind the Scenes

And finally, a sneak peek at the basement. Squeakers is exhausted from all of the excitement. What a day it was!:

FedEx and Darn Good Yarn Behind the Scenes

Again, without all of you to support us, Darn Good Yarn would never have won this awesome grant. Thank you for everything you do!

xoxo,

Nicole Snow, President of Darn Good Yarn

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FedEx Had a Great Time Hanging With the Darn Good Yarn Crew!

February 21, 2013

Alright, it’s all over. Time to resume a normal day at Darn Good Yarn (I might be too ecstatic to do that!). Mike, the Darn Good Husband, and I had such a blast with the FedEx crew! They were absolutely amazing. Thank you all for coming out to hang with us!

We managed to take some fabulous behind the scenes photos while they were here. Check them out!:

FedEx at Darn Good Yarn

FedEx at Darn Good Yarn

I don’t think I could have a bigger smile! I can’t express in words how exciting everything was!

FedEx at Darn Good Yarn

And here’s a thumbs up from The Darn Good Husband (he was such a wonderful husband that week!–well, he’s always wonderful):

FedEx at Darn Good Yarn

One of the other things Darn Good Yarn did was show FedEx how we work in the community. Here’s a picture of us at the Agway, teaching people to knit (with big needles and fabulous yarn, of course!):

FedEx at Darn Good Yarn

This was such a memorable event for us, and we have to send a big thank you to ALL of our Darn Good Yarn fans! We couldn’t have gotten here without you. :) Big love going out to everyone!

xoxo,

Nicole Snow, President of Darn Good Yarn

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FedEx is Filming Darn at Good Yarn!

February 13, 2013

Hey everyone! Some really cool things have just happened. Remember back when Darn Good Yarn won that $25,000 grant award from FedEx? Well, they’re in my living room! Yup, here’s me sitting all cool and collected (psst! Look at how tidy my desk is!):

Fedex is coming to Darn Good Yarn

..and look at that, I’m even wearing FedEx colors! Alright, deep breath. It’s going to be hectic here with the filming crew, but it’s a great way to show a big business how hard small business owners work. I mean, most businesses start out this way, right?

Here they are setting up for the interview:

Fedex is coming to Darn Good Yarn

It feels really official now! Well, I can’t post too many behind the scenes pictures right now…I gotta build up the suspense! More pictures can be found on my Facebook page if you haven’t already joined me. :)

Oh, and here’s a picture at the Agway, just before we start the knitting class! (Yeah, that’s the Darn Good Husband in the background there!):

Fedex is coming to Darn Good Yarn

So excited! Stay tuned for more teasers. :D

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xoxo,

Nicole Snow, President of Darn Good Yarn (nicole@darngoodyarn.com)

Name this Yarn Color and you could win a free skein: Ends 5-19-12

May 16, 2012

Hi Darlings!

So, I know in the past I’ve had yarn naming contests on my facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/dgyarn). But I didn’t realize that I could have lost the whole Darn Good Yarn page there by having these fun contests. So, here’s the deal: Post your idea for what these color names should be as comment on this blog.

Be sure to complete your email address when you post your comment here so I can contact you if you win! The winners will get the yarn color named from their entry and they will get a free skein sent to them!

The other thing I ask is that you also “like” and share Darn Good Yarn on facebook because that’s how I’m able to continue to keep new yarns always coming in and keep the fun going on! My facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/dgyarn (you can friend me personally too–I  love that! http://www.facebook.com/darngoodyarn) and share this with your friends.

 

I’ll announce the winners on facebook and on this blog.

Good luck!

Nicole

P.S. If you click on the yarn pictures below you will have the opportunity to purchase them on sale right now during the contest!

 

Ribbon #1

Ribbon #2

Monday Update! Sari Ribbon Shrug Pattern–DONE!

May 16, 2011

Salt Lake Sari Ribbon Shrug 002Not bad for a Monday…

OK, I am so excited because I have finished up a knitted shrug pattern for you. If you have watched the blog since Friday you will know that I well… ran into some problems to put it lightly. If you would like to see the comedy of errors (which includes cutting the wrong sleeve off), visit this blog post: Friday the 13th Strikes at Darn Good Yarn

But now the Abask Recycled Sari Ribbon Shrug Pattern is DONE and I’ve decided to make it a freebie!

And you can download the pdf by clicking on this link below (you might have to scroll):

Click here to get your free pdf download of “Abask”!

 

Ready to make yours?

Set…..

Go…..

Check out the colors, perfect for this project by clicking here or on any of the pictures

Thank you for all of your support!

xoxo,

Nicole, Mikey and Squeakers

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Creative Gift Wrap

April 25, 2011

Hello thegiftedblog.com Click the image to vist the site and see some DGY ribbon at work!

Happy Monday Friends!

 

For those of you who purchase your yarn from Darn Good Yarn, you know that I love to wrap up your yarn in purple tissue paper and use bits of recycled yarn and ribbon.

I really feel honored that you want to try out Darn Good Yarn, or your coming back for seconds or thirds…or….

So, in the same way your purchases at Darn Good Yarn are gifts, I want you to have the yarn presented to you as gift…an affordable luxury!

But in that same light, I love seeing what the latest trends in wrapping gifts are. The one thing I’ve learned since starting Darn Good Yarn is that the wrapping is half the fun of the gift. That’s why I want to re-introduce you to Charissa at http://www.thegiftedblog.com

The site is an amazing collection of eye candy and total inspiration. I mean, hello, have you seen the photography?! Charissa is really an artist and I just had to share this great blog with you. She is the master of creative gift wrapping.

Again, be sure to visit, http://www.thegiftedblog.com and show my friend some Darn Good Yarn-esque support!

 

Have a wonderful week and tell me what’s the coolest wrap job you’ve done lately?!

 

xoxo

Nicole

New Pattern: How to make a tutu with recycled silk sari ribbon

December 21, 2010

An excerpt from Patterns

DarnGoodYarn.com owner, Nicole, walks you through the very basic steps of making a tutu. If you (as an adult) are working on this project on your own it'll take a little over an hour. Plan for a little more time…

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