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Spread the joy. Join the Change.

Morgan sent the link below over to the team a couple of days ago and I have to tell you that we had no idea this article was being written. When I read things like this or one of you reaches out to tell us how you feel connected and that it makes you feel good knowing that you're truly making a difference in someones life through your Darn Good Yarn purchase, it seriously makes my heart feel so full of love and joy. This is why I started this company... I want each of us to be the most creative version of ourselves and to feel connected and empowered on a global level. 

Here's a small excerpt from the article, make sure to check out the link below for the entire wrtie up

Intrigued by the idea of helping women support themselves and encouraged by the hundreds of positive reviews on Darn Good Yarn’s web site, Anderton took advantage of a buy one get one offer and ordered two silk custom made Sari wrap skirts. Upon delivery, she was dazzled by the rich, vibrant patterns, the luxurious fabric and the meticulous workmanship. In fact, she was so impressed she dashed to her PC to place another order for two more skirts while the BOGO offer was still in effect.

“These are the most beautiful articles of clothing I’ve ever worn,” said Anderton. “Furthermore, I feel good about myself – inside and out -wearing them, knowing my purchases helped women to become and remain independent.”

Cass Currie, 2017, Pennsylvania Bridges, Social Media Inspires Social Change: Leveling the Field, http://pabridges.com/more/social-media-inspires-social-change-leveling-the-field/

  • Amanda Schermerhorn

A Story of Why PomPoms, Yarn and Social Media Changed Me For The Better

We are so excited to introduce you to our friend Erin from Radiant Fibers. She is seriously amazing you guys! She designed our Tiered Air Plant Hanger and she just did this awesome pattern for us too. So read on and hear what she has to say...

There Is Radiance In All That We Make

This hat has a lot of story attached to it… but before I dive in, I want to introduce myself!  

My name is Erin, and I love making things. Like most creative people, I love sharing this gift with the world, and seeing the smiles and joy it brings others. I also love making things because it is where I feel most at home. Time shifts when I am creating. Finding that thing that makes time slip by effortlessly is a gift I hope everyone feels in their lives.  

I run an Etsy shop, and share my creations under the LLC Radiant Fibers, which you can find on Instagram and Twitter as @Radiant_Fibers, or you can find me at radiantfibers.com.  The name took some thought. I wanted something that felt like my personality; shiny, bright, confident, empowering, and that represented more than just yarn… Radiant Fibers. Like the fibers we’re all made up of, we’re radiant through ever part of our beings, and the things we create from the fibers of our natural world reflect that inner beauty. 

Getting to the story behind the hat… After moving to Colorado almost three years ago, I struggled. Moving was difficult for me but I found my footing and kept going, building Radiant Fibers and establishing connections with other artists in the area. One such friend and mentor is another Erin. A Oula dance instructor, self-employed artist and photographer and all around amazing person. Erin has helped me in so many ways, including the photography for this pattern!  

We went to scope out a local ice cream shop, Sweet Cooies, because their décor and lighting is to die for. We had so much fun with this shoot, and it represents a lot of growth for me as a person, crocheter, artist and entrepreneur.  

The fact that this hat is made with Darn Good Yarn just takes it to a whole other level! The banana fiber is eco-friendly (I was an environmental sustainability major at university), it’s soft and beautifully shiny and unique (pleasing my adoration of interesting textures) and it’s hand spun by women’s coops in India (giving back and doing good). Plus the wool is sustainable too, a beautiful warm toned grey, and it’s also hand spun. Knowing where your materials come from makes a huge difference for the finished product – it changes the vibe. It’s tangible.  

I found Darn Good Yarn online years ago, and have loved their yarns ever since. Growing Radiant Fibers has been mostly focused on Instagram, and I share lots of my work there. After posting some creations made with Darn Good Yarn, they reached out to work with me on a pattern. I jumped at the chance, excited to work with a company I so admire.  

The idea to put two pompoms on top came from my fiancé’s younger sister, who wanted a hat made just for her with two pompoms (because she loves pandas). I couldn’t have made this piece without so much input from those around me – and it wouldn’t have come to fruition without my drive to keep going. And the connections wouldn’t have been made without the magic of social media and the internet. This is the beauty of the creative landscape today.  

We support one another, our distance shortened by screens. Artists to artists, creative to creative. We see what others do not; our eyes trained to pick up on potential. Opportunity in otherwise discarded material. Gifts in our own simple yet complex hands. Skills we’ve learned and can share and honor with our projects. We have the vision for the future. This is why I love Darn Good Yarn. It reminds me that there is so much story to be told in our materials. More heart to the small business we support. And that love is truly woven into the fabric of our lives.   

  • Nicole Snow

DIY Handmade Ribbon Wreath Tutorial

Hey y'all! Chloe here. For those of you that don't me, my name is Chloe, I work for Darn Good Yarn, live in Charlotte, NC and I am a mom to 3 boys - I didn't give birth to 2 of them but we've been together long enough that they're mine. They are 7, 7 and almost 9. Needless to say, I am outnumbered on the testosterone train and life is full of ALL things little boys... This also means that crafting now looks very different than it did before children. I am a busy and exhausted mom who still really loves to be creative.

Spring has sprung and the other night I got a wild hair up my arse and decided I would make a wreath... but I didn't have any flowers and I couldn't find my hot glue gun (I actually didn't look for it) and I just didn't have the energy to forage for my own twigs to wind and wrap into a wreath. So I did the next best thing, I ordered a foam wreath on Amazon, used some Darn Good Yarn Sari Silk Ribbon and wrapped that bad boy up! 

 

Handmade Ribbon Wreath 

Step 1 - Pour glass of wine

Step 2 - Drink glass of wine (Repeat steps 1 and 2 as needed)

Step3 - Wrap the wreath with the At The Bahamas Sari Silk Ribbon you received in your package. I didn't want to set my wine glass down to tie a knot so instead I laid the tail of the ribbon horizontal across the wreath and then wrapped over it as I went. 

Step 4 - Keep on wrapping until it's covered. 

Step 5 - When you get to the end just wrap it around and then tie it off into a little loop on the back so you can hang it :) 

  • Amanda Schermerhorn

Darn Good Yarn of the Month Subscription Box Customer Reviews

Give yourself(or someone else) the gift that keeps on giving. For$10 month you get a patter(knit and crochet), a skein of premium yarn to complete that pattern, and a mystery gift. Want to hear what our customers think about it? Read on...

"It was exciting receiving my first yarn of the month. I used the free pattern to make a pair of fingerless gloves using the yarn. The yarn was a very pretty green and I attached the buttons to the gloves for added detail." - Knykole R. 

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"I was skeptical in the beginning of joining the yarn of the month, but I have to say that I am in love. I am receiving high quality yarn that I likely wouldn't buy otherwise and making projects that I never would have before. I highly recommend Darn Good Yarn to anyone who shows interest. I literally just opened my March package. And I am smitten with the lovely blue shade of recycled silk. Amazing!" - Stacey M.

"I absolutely love the yarn and this pattern! Finally had a chance to sit down and start on the free pattern and so far it's love! It a simple pattern too since I'm not the best at knitting." - Chelsea R.

"I love this shop! Not only are they friendly and attentive, but the products are incredible. I recently bought a hank of sari silk ribbon that I used to bring more texture to my tapestries and it is absolutely gorgeous. I also just received my first yarn club shipment and was so pleased with the cestari yarn sent to me! I highly recommend Darn Good Yarn!" - Ruthie H. 

"Wow, this one blew me away! January club yarn is so beautiful, Roving Silk Yarn in Watercolors. Extremely soft, vibrant colors, single ply, DK weight yarn. If you have not joined the monthly club, don't wait! So happy with everything that I have purchased here" - Rebecca W.

"What a great way to explore new yarns!!" - Brenda M.

"Every skein I've ever gotten from Darn Good Yarn has been a beautiful surprise. The uniqueness off their yarn is what keeps me coming back for more."  - Haydee D.

You should also check out this bloggers review of the box too! 

http://www.fiberfluxblog.com/2017/03/darn-good-yarn-of-monthunboxing-and.html

  • Amanda Schermerhorn

Darn Good Yarn of the Month Subscription Box Customer Reviews

Give yourself(or someone else) the gift that keeps on giving. For$10 month you get a patter(knit and crochet), a skein of premium yarn to complete that pattern, and a mystery gift. Want to hear what our customers think about it? Read on...

"It was exciting receiving my first yarn of the month. I used the free pattern to make a pair of fingerless gloves using the yarn. The yarn was a very pretty green and I attached the buttons to the gloves for added detail." - Knykole R. 

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"I was skeptical in the beginning of joining the yarn of the month, but I have to say that I am in love. I am receiving high quality yarn that I likely wouldn't buy otherwise and making projects that I never would have before. I highly recommend Darn Good Yarn to anyone who shows interest. I literally just opened my March package. And I am smitten with the lovely blue shade of recycled silk. Amazing!" - Stacey M.

"I absolutely love the yarn and this pattern! Finally had a chance to sit down and start on the free pattern and so far it's love! It a simple pattern too since I'm not the best at knitting." - Chelsea R.

"I love this shop! Not only are they friendly and attentive, but the products are incredible. I recently bought a hank of sari silk ribbon that I used to bring more texture to my tapestries and it is absolutely gorgeous. I also just received my first yarn club shipment and was so pleased with the cestari yarn sent to me! I highly recommend Darn Good Yarn!" - Ruthie H. 

"Wow, this one blew me away! January club yarn is so beautiful, Roving Silk Yarn in Watercolors. Extremely soft, vibrant colors, single ply, DK weight yarn. If you have not joined the monthly club, don't wait! So happy with everything that I have purchased here" - Rebecca W.

"What a great way to explore new yarns!!" - Brenda M.

"Every skein I've ever gotten from Darn Good Yarn has been a beautiful surprise. The uniqueness off their yarn is what keeps me coming back for more."  - Haydee D.

You should also check out this bloggers review of the box too! 

http://www.fiberfluxblog.com/2017/03/darn-good-yarn-of-monthunboxing-and.html

  • Amanda Schermerhorn

Darn Good Yarn Bowl Customer Reviews

Yarn bowls are seriously where it's at folks! If you knit or crochet and don't have one of our yarn bowls... you're so missing out. We've seen other yarn bowls that are similarto the ones we have but i'll tell ya what we've heard the biuggest difference is: Our's are heavier on the bottom. You see ours are handmade and we've been working with our artisans for years now to really perfect the design of these bowls. They're heavy on the bottom so that it doesn't move all over that place as you pull your yarn, but they're not bulky and they're not actually "heavy". So if you're carrying it around in your purse it's not going to weigh you down. :) But don't take my word for it...

"Before my yarn bowl I was always searching for the "darn yarn". I would start knitting and before I knew it my ball of yarn was under the couch, caught in the leg of the coffee table, etc. now my ball of yarn is cozy in my yarn bowl and stays put as I knit. Such a little thing made knitting so much easier. Ty to whoever invented the yarn bowl." - Adele F. 

"I love my yarn bowl. It is so decorative that I leave it out even when there is not yarn in it." - Dana G.

"These bowls are as functional as they are beautiful, and are very sturdy for their size. I bought two of them, and aside from being different shades (one is light, the other dark) they are the same yet different. You can tell they were carefully handmade by different people following the same pattern. Very unique and beautiful, functional pieces of art made to be used. I am very happy with my purchase. Thank you so much!" - Karen C.

"I purchased this as a gift for my sister. It is so beautiful, I almost kept it for myself! I definitely need to order one for myself. When she opened it, she said "this could be an art piece!" It is." - Donna Z.

"I've been wanting a weighted, but not breakable (ceramic, pottery), yarn bowl for a long time. When I saw these advertised with the discount, I jumped & grabbed one before they disappeared. I'm very happy (am using it right now!)"  - Charis F.

"I bought the bowl not sure if it would be really helpful but l love it. It keeps my ball of yarn contained but allows it to unwind freely." - Melissa S. 

"This yarn bowl is so Elegant & the wood work is Pristine I'm so glad I saw this on FB & could purchase this Lovely, Handy piece of Art that is so useful with the many knitting projects I do Thank You, I'll be visiting your spectacular website Often...!!! xo"  - Charlotte C.

  • Amanda Schermerhorn