I don't even remember how I first found them, but when I did I make a purchase of some Recycled Photon Rainbow Sport Weight Recycled Silk Yarn. While waiting for it to arrive I thought about what I could make with it. I didn't find anything on Ravelry that went with this kind of yarn so I figured I would make something up myself. Once I got my hands on it I got to work. The idea in my head translated fairly well and I thought it was pretty good, so I submitted the pattern into a contest Darn Good Yarn was running. I ended up a winner with a little spending money for more Darn Good Yarn.
Of all my purchases, I was most intrigued by a Banana Fiber yarn and thought it could use a good pattern. I had picked 5 skeins in colors that resembled a sunset and started thinking of how this one would work up while I waited for the shipment. Once again, the idea in my head worked up nicely with the yarn and once it was bound off and blocked I was amazed at how warm and cozy such a silky fiber could be. I sent in the pattern to the Darn Good ladies and in a day heard back that they were interested in it also.
In between designing patterns for Darn Good Yarn I decided to join their Affiliate program. It doesn't amount to much, but if anyone clicks through to their store from my blog ad, they will give me a small percentage of the sale. I want to be upfront about that, but also let you know that I wouldn't do this with just anyone in hopes of making money. I like to think of myself as caring about the planet and such, however I do tend to be fairly lazy... I recycle and like to bike, but with Darn Good Yarn I really feel like there's some good being done. They utilize a whole range of recycled materials in their products and also help out women in countries where they can't get a job that makes the money needed to support a family. I also love the unique yarns they offer that I haven't seen anywhere else.
If you are as interested in Darn Good Yarn as I am, please check them out... You can find the "Cowl Neck Poncho" as a kit on their site right now (it's even on sale!) and the 'That Sunset is Banana's" kit should be coming soon. You may also like a Sari Silk Wrap skirt (I've bought two!) or maybe some notions, they sell needles and pouches to name a couple.