I subscribed to the Darn Good Yarn box of the month back when it was a new thing, probably 3 years ago in 2016, for $10 I thought it was worth a shot. I received a skein of Sari Silk yarn, which sounds lovely. In reality it was a sari from a woman in India that had been torn into strips and hand tied to form a ‘skein’. Since the photo being shown when advertising the box was a lovely skein of beaded yarn I was understandably disappointed to receive a ‘skein’ of purple fabric that bled everywhere, had tons of strings hanging off, and that tore every time I tried to use it. I washed it until it stopped bleeding, let it tear where it was going to, and tied skeins of yarn with it. I also cancelled my subscription.
That brings us to last week. One of my colleagues let me know that she had decided to subscribe to the Darn Good Yarn box, she made it sound like I had recommended this (I don’t remember doing that, but I might have.) She loved it, it was a beautiful skein of rainbow silk yarn that she made a cowl from. Not only did that strike my interest, but there was an advertisement on Facebook that the kit would also include knitting needles and a crochet hook made from wood and painted purple. I was officially hooked in, even if I hated the yarn, knitting needles and a crochet hook! I also spent the extra $5 to get a surprise. For about $20, with shipping, I received 2 skeins of silk yarn 75 yards each, a set of knitting needles, and a crochet hook. I do like the looks of the yarn and the tools.
Now the question becomes what am I going to do with 75 yards of worsted weight silk yarn in two different colorways? According to ravelry, fingerless gloves, toys, water bottle covers, drink sleeves, wrist warmers, a pouch, or an accent for color work. I can also use the included patterns to knit or crochet a little cowl, actually I cast on the knit cowl out of the rainbow yarn to see how it looks.
So, I think I will keep this subscription going for a month or two to see what other goodies will arrive. If you get a chance, and like small projects, this is well worth the $10.