Darn Good Yarn

Like so many yarn addicts out there, I was always seeing ads for Darn Good Yarn’s subscription box.

However, I never bit the bullet.

Then I saw a story on how the company is employing people via The ARC and that changed everything.

If you are not familiar with The ARC (and unless you have a friend of family member with disabilities, you may not be), it is an organization that helps people and families with challenges they face due to intellectual or physical disabilities.

Via my work, I met a higher up employee of our local ARC who was very informative, answering a lot of my questions.

When my kids are in school for longer days, I plan on attending some workshops and support groups in their Family Autism Center.

(Shout out to the other two organizations I support: Bailey’s Team for Autism and The Flutie Foudation).

So, not only am I supporting women in India and Napal, I am supporting an organization that will help my family.

I ordered the $10.00 box and it arrived quickly.


In the box were one skein of worsted weight silk yarn, a crochet hook, knitting needles and both a crochet and knit pattern.

I opted to make the knit cowl, Snow Big Deal Cowl.

An easy pattern, I used the knitting needles and finished it rather quickly (for me).


I found the yarn soft and easy to work with.

I blocked it as noted in the pattern (most reviews stated dye did come off the yarn-I didn’t notice any color coming off when I knit with it).

I loved the bright colors prior to blocking.

Sadly, after blocking the yarn looked dull and fuzzy.

I’m disappointed in the finished look, but Miss Mary liked it!


So, it is now hers!

I am looking forward to next month’s yarn and pattern!

For $10.00, I think I’ll stick with it for a while!

Plus, I am participating in My Sister’s Knitter’s Head, Neck, Feet KAL on Ravelry and this is my first finished item for that KAL!

Have a good week!

15 thoughts on “Darn Good Yarn

  1. MindingMyOwnStitches says:

    Next time you might want to try a citric acid rinse to set those colours and keep them bright, there are google tutorials that might give some good suggestions.

    I think it looks pretty and those are some great causes. Money well spent iā€™d say!


  2. Sandra Licher says:

    I am very familiar with the ARC as my daughter worked there and volunteered or both! LOL! Before she was married and before kids. Great organization. I had no idea they had this yarn thing going on. It looks beautiful! Thanks for informing us and give Miss ME a big hug….she is such a cutie! Your cowl turned out lovely in that yarn….it looks fine from here!


  3. Becki says:

    Miss Mary is a cutie. And the scarf looks great on her. Not being familiar with ARC, I looked it up and I see that there is an ARC organization here in the small town where I live! Thank you for sharing this.


  4. Allison says:

    It’s always fun to get surprises in the mail and if they are helping a good cause then all the better! I think that cowl was made with Miss May in mind, I like the fuzz personally, while it doesn’t help the artistic value it does help with the wearability. Can’t wait to see what comes in the next box!


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