Enjoy beautiful yarn that helps create beautiful lives with Darn Good Yarn
When I learned of an online yarn store called Darn Good Yarn, I couldn’t wait to tell you all about it! In the past, we’ve written about fair trade and ethical yarn companies like Manos Cooperatives and Peace Fleece. Darn Good Yarn has the same sort of ideology and ethics behind it.
What Darn Good Yarn Is All About
Nicole Snow, a veteran of the U. S. Air Force, decided to try something completely different with her life back in 2008. She wanted to combine two of her passions, art and helping others, and found that yarn was the perfect vehicle for doing so.
One common manufacturing method among Darn Good Yarn suppliers is to take manufacturers waste — various fibers that would normally go to landfills — and recycle these into yarn. This helps the environment not only by keeping more waste out of landfills, but also by reducing the amount of energy required to turn raw materials into yarn.
Perhaps the most important part of the Darn Good Yarn process, though, is the selection of hundreds of Nepalese and Indian women to produce the yarns it sells. In selecting these women, Darn Good Yarn offers them good wages that allows them to truly provide for their families — not just to eke out a meager existence, but to thrive.
More Than Just Yarn
While Darn Good Yarn is, of course, primarily a yarn company, they also supply much more. They offer knitting and crochet tools and notions, buttons, jewelry making supplies, and spinning supplies. They even offer artisan finished goods — clothing, bags, home decor, and jewelry, just to name a few.
The great thing about this wide collection of products is that it means everyone can support the Darn Good Yarn mission, whether or not they knit or crochet!
So What Is the Yarn Like?
I was curious enough about this company that I decided to buy two skeins for myself. I did this also because I discovered they have an affiliate program, and I wanted to try the yarn before I signed up for affiliation.
So first, a word of caution: this yarn is not cheap. It’s not eye-poppingly expensive, but you’re not likely to find deep discounts here. But consider the source of these yarns and remember that you’re not just purchasing yarn for yourself; you’re paying skilled artisans living wages and helping them and their families to live better lives.
The yarns I bought were two of the less-expensive yarns: Gumball Handspun Sport Weight Recycled Silk in Magenta and Yak Wool from Nepal in Turquoise.
Stay tuned for future posts coming on Fridays for more about my adventures with these two yarns. In case you just can’t wait, you can see the balls of each yarn above, and you can order your own Darn Good Yarn here! (I am now an affiliate, so this is an affiliate link. You can get more information about my affiliate programs here.)