Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Darn Good Affiliation

As you may have noticed, I now have a small ad on my blog for Darn Good Yarn.  As you may have also noticed, I've been a little bit in love with them lately :-)  

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.  

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