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Throw it in the Dryer?

October 3, 2009

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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.

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Click here to check out the yarn!

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!

Before Washing DGY's Recycled Silk

Before Washing DGY's Recycled Silk

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:)

After Washing & Drying DGY's Recycled Silk

After Washing & Drying DGY's Recycled Silk

Meet Chriss! Crocheter Extraordinaire!

October 1, 2009

Nicole: So here goes the question, what inspires you to create what you do?

Chriss: Well, that is a complicated question, sometimes I see an item on a person, such as a hat or a belt, and I haven’t seen it done in crochet, before. So I try it, and sometimes it works out horribly and sometimes I come up with a really awesome item or pattern.

Click Here for the Belt

Click Here for the Belt

My daughter, Billie, is a huge inspiration. She is such a huge help when it comes to being able to wear things in different ways. Sometimes, we talk about an idea that didn’t work out, and she can help me modify the idea. Not to mention, she is my resident model.

Click Here for the Pattern

Click Here for the Pattern

Crochet had this bad rap for a long time as being, doilies, mile-a-minute afghans, bulky vests, and slippers. Not to say those things don’t have there place in crochet, its just crochet is so much more. A lot of people hear crochet and are immediately put off,then I show them and they are so shocked! So, I get inspiration thru breaking boundries or changing the way people think about crochet.

I have said this one before, knitters/knitting inspire(s) me. Why? There has been a major explosion of crochet patterns in the past 7-8 years, but before that it was hard to find cutting edge/ or even really trendy crochet patterns. There are so many really great knitting patterns, so sometimes I look to whats happening in the world of knitting.

The origin of yarn can be inspiring. I look at the texture, drape, and color of the yarn. We’ll use DGY Premium Recycled Sari Silk for an example: Well, first off its silk, and silk has wonderful drape. Color? Well, that one speaks for it self. Texture, I love to work with Sari Silk in fairly tight stitches, that way it stays put and doesn’t fray too much. Also I think that is one of the best ways to display the yarn.

Premium Recycled Silk Yarn

Premium Recycled Silk Yarn

And lastly nature inspires me, sometimes its listening to the rain, an awesome sunset, being in my veggie garden, playing with my kids, or like many others the season inspires me.
You say, “why?” And I say, “why not?”

CROCHET: Free Recycled Silk Yarn Scarf Pattern

September 13, 2009

The Easy Crochet Scarf

The Easy Crochet Scarf

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”

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Click Here to Check Out the Yarn

So, here’s the pattern!
Easy Breezy Recycled Silk Skinny Scarf

Click here to buy now! DGY's Premium Recycled Silk Yarn

Click here to buy now! DGY's Premium Recycled Silk Yarn

Need: 2 balls recycled silk yarn:
Hook: H (5.0 mm)
roughly 4 inches wide, 90 inches long.
Ch 15
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.

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Click Here to Buy the Yarn

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!

A special thanks to Melissa. Visit and support her sites which are:
http://madebymelissa.etsy.com
http://madebymelissa.blogspot.com

http://etsynj.blogspot.com