My review of the Darn Good Yarn of the Month subscription club
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Back in May, I decided to try the Darn Good Yarn of the Month club. I’ve had this subscription for the past three months, and I thought it was time for me to share my impressions with all of you.
I’ve talked about Darn Good Yarn several times here at Knitting for Charity.
I shared the story behind this company about a year ago, reviewed two of their yarns (Gumball Recycled Silk and Yak Wool), and have mentioned the many times I’ve used their yarns in my What I’m Knitting Wednesday posts.
Before I get into the Darn Good Yarn of the Month club, let me tell you a little about why I’m so fond of this company.
Yarn You Can Feel Good about Buying
I doubt I can explain what this company is all about better than does Nicole Snow, the founder and CEO of Darn Good Yarn. Below is her video describing, in her own words, how it started and what they continue to do today.
In a world where so many supply chains are filled with non-livable-wage earners (or worse, actual slave labor), I greatly appreciate companies like Darn Good Yarn that are offering people in developing countries a chance to make livable wages and support their families.
Subscribing to the Darn Good Yarn of the Month club is a small way for me to help support this mission.
What about the Yarn?
To be honest, though, I probably wouldn’t continue my Darn Good Yarn of the Month club subscription if I didn’t enjoy the heck out of their yarn. But I do!
In my first three months of membership, I have received two hanks of DK-weight silk yarn and a hank of chiffon ribbon.
First I received this gorgeous rainbow-colored yarn called Roving Silk in Watercolors.
I used half of it to make a lovely lacy summer scarf, and the other half to make most of a crocheted prayer shawl (photo of this to come).
The following month, I received Reclaimed Chiffon Ribbon.
I had no idea whatsoever what I would do with it, to be honest! Fortunately, the package came with directions for finding Nicole Snow’s arm knitting tutorial on YouTube. I had never arm knitted before. But I’d heard about it and always thought it sounded like fun. Before now, though, I never felt like I had a good yarn to try it with.
My Chiffon Ribbon turned out to be the *perfect* yarn to try it with!
Below is the arm knitting tutorial video I watched:
And here I am with my arm-knitted scarf. (I don’t normally wear it like this, by the way… I just wanted to get the entire scarf in the photo!)
Finally, last month I received Herbal Dyed Recycled Silk Yarn. Below you can see the ball of yarn (I wound it myself; it arrives in a hank) sitting atop the prayer shawl I decided to finish with this yarn. (It’s not finished in the photo, but I have since finished it… I forgot to take a photo before I gave the shawl away, oops!)
Impressions of the Yarn
The two silk yarns I’ve received were absolutely wonderful! They were so soft, I felt like I was knitting clouds. However, you do have to be careful not to pull them too tightly while you’re knitting (or crocheting). I broke each of the silks once while I was crocheting.
The Chiffon Ribbon was super-fun to arm knit with. It’s not very soft, but it’s not terribly scratchy or stiff either. I love the scarf I made from it, and I’ve worn it a few times already. It feels quite nice against the skin.
I don’t know how it would feel to use actual knitting needles or a crochet hook, but for arm knitting it was perfect.
I think what I have enjoyed most about the yarns is how much of it there is! DGY does not skimp on the hank sizes here. As I mentioned, I was able to knit a lacy summer scarf and a large portion of a prayer shawl with my Roving Silk. I used about a half a hank of Chiffon Ribbon to arm knit a scarf (I’m planning another for one of my daughters).
And I still have a lot of Recycled Silk left after finishing off the prayer shawl. I may use it for booties, or perhaps in stripes for baby hats. (Ooh, that thought literally just occurred to me. That’s what I’m going to use it for!)
I haven’t even mentioned the bonuses! Each Darn Good Yarn package includes both a pattern and a bonus gift.
With my Roving Silk, I received a free set of bamboo size 8 double-pointed needles. I wasn’t sure what to do with them at first. But now that I’m in the midst of knitting a cell phone purse that will require a nice long strap, I think these will be perfect for creating I-cords!
With my Chiffon Ribbon, I received an adorable set of cookie cutters. Unexpected in a yarn subscription club, but also utterly delightful. The hippo is my favorite!
And with my Recycled Silk, I received a tote bag. I can’t tell you much about it because almost the moment I opened my package and pulled out the tote bag, one of my daughters grabbed it, and I haven’t seen it since. It must have been good!
Pros and Cons of the Darn Good Yarn of the Month Club
To me, one of the biggest pros of DGY of the Month is the price. For $10 plus shipping, you receive an absolutely beautiful hank of yarn, a bonus gift, and a pattern. Though I’ve only used the pattern included once (for the Chiffon Ribbon), it is really helpful to receive a pattern along with your yarn that you know will work.
Another pro is the quality of the yarn. All the yarn I’ve received has been beautiful and enjoyable next to the skin. In the case of the silk yarns I’ve received, I could be happy knitting nothing but those for the rest of my life. They’re that delightful!
One final pro is that your subscription is not a “contract” per se. That is, if you ever need to skip a month (or more than a month), no problem. You’ll just log into your account and hit “skip.”
To me there are really only two cons to DGY of the Month.
One is that you never know what kind of yarn you’re getting. This is not a yarn club where you’ll hit “skip” if you don’t like the kind of yarn scheduled. You literally have no idea what you’re getting until your package arrives. To me that’s part of the fun, but for people who don’t really want to be surprised by a yarn shipment every month, it could be a big disadvantage.
The other con is that if you choose to skip, you’ll want to do so before the first of the month you want to skip. And you have to do it deliberately. It’s not a difficult process, but if you’re a forgetful person (like I am *cough*), you could wind up receiving (and being billed for) yarn when you wanted to skip the month.
In the interest of fairness and transparency, I will mention that I received my second month’s yarn very late. And the only reason I knew it was late was because I received an e-mail for yarn subscribers regarding that month’s package, and I hadn’t gotten mine yet.
That said, when I realized I hadn’t gotten my package yet, I e-mailed DGY, and I received my package just a few days later. So they took care of the issue quite quickly.
If You Subscribe
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If you decide to subscribe to Darn Good Yarn of the Month, in your first subscription package you’ll receive a card that looks like this.
Be sure to hang onto this card. It has important information like how to make changes in your shipping or billing information and how to skip a month if you need to.
So, should you subscribe to Darn Good Yarn of the Month club?
You should if you love:
- The idea of receiving fabulous yarn every month.
- The idea of getting monthly mail that isn’t a bill!
- The insanely great price for great yarn plus bonuses.
- Being able to support a company with such an ethical mission.
You should not if do not:
- Like paying for mystery yarn.
- Have space in your budget for the monthly price.
- Know if you’d have space in your budget every month, and you’re quite sure you’d forget to skip packages.
How about a Free Box?
I have a special bonus raffle to offer, courtesy of Darn Good Yarn themselves.
Three lucky readers will get the chance to win their very own Darn Good Yarn of the Month subscription box!
That’s right: just comment on this post and tell me why you’d love to win a box. I’ll leave the comments open for 2 weeks, and then I’ll hold a drawing from among the commenters. Three winners will each receive one free box directly from Darn Good Yarn!
(Please note: to prevent spam, I must approve every comment made by first-time commenters at Knitting for Charity. So don’t worry if your comment doesn’t appear; it just means it’s gone into moderation. I’ll be checking comments regularly to ensure everyone has a chance at entry!)
Also, please comment only once. Additional comments won’t get additional entries.
Comments are now closed. The drawing has already taken place; however, you can still order your Darn Good Yarn of the Month subscription from the link below!
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