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About Darn Good Yarn of the Month
The Subscription Box: Darn Good Yarn of the Month
The Cost: $10/month + shipping
The Products: One skein of premium yarn, a pattern, and a free gift.
Ships to: US ($4/continental US) and international ($13/Alaska, Hawaii, US territories, and other countries)
Our July Box Review
For just $10/month + shipping, this subscription is so affordable that it's worth keeping for a few months just to see the variety. You can check out past reviews here to see what else we've received.
This month was definitely a surprise, in a good way!
Darn Good Yarn usually sends you one skein of yarn, a knitting and crochet pattern, and a bonus item. This month, the bonus item is a set of dyes so you can dye your own yarn!
I've seriously been thinking that I've wanted to try my hand at dyeing lately so this was an amazing coincidence!
Darn Good Yarn Lace Weight Silk Yarn in "White & Dyeable", 300 yards – Retail Value $13.99
Since there's a dyeing project in addition to the knitting and crochet patterns this month, we received a white lace weight silk yarn that is ready for some color.
It's more of a roving style thick-and-thin type yarn, very different from the spun silk we received in last month's box.
Here are the two dyes we received to play with: a bright orange and pretty neon pink. The bottles themselves aren't labeled with a size or a brand, but the instructions (below) indicate they are food dyes.
Inside of our instruction booklet this month are directions for both a knit and a crochet pattern. The knit version appears to be more of a table runner, while the crochet is for a placemat:
And finally, the DIY yarn dyeing instructions!
The full instructions have to be accessed online, but this one-page outline lets you know which supplies you need from home.
I decided I wanted to try a 'dip dye' type effect, so I prepped my yarn according to the directions and then placed one end in the pink dye and the other in the orange. I ended up dripping some spots of orange and pink on the white bit in the center to try and blend them a bit, but I wanted some white to remain.
After soaking for a while, I placed the yarn inside a Tupperware container and let it sit outside for about 24 hours in the summer heat.
It took AGES to rinse until the water was even remotely clear! I feel like the roving style yarn acts like a sponge and really sucked the dye up. But eventually, I was rewarded with this bright and cheerful skein of yarn (still wet in this photo):
Too bright to capture on camera! And note my pink dyed hand, too, I had run out of gloves and decided to risk it. 😉 It all washed off by the next day.
I was curious if the colors would dull a bit as the yarn itself dried, but I was surprised to see that everything is still pretty bright in the end:
I did find that while I was winding this ball up, a little dye transferred to my hands, so I don't think I rinsed as thoroughly as I should have. I'm debating now if I should put it back into a big loop and try rinsing again, or just go ahead and knit the project first and then wash further.
Verdict: What a cool and unexpected project! Such an approachable and fun way to try yarn dyeing for the first time– and very low pressure given the low price of this box, too. For $10/month plus $4 shipping, Darn Good Yarn is probably the cheapest yarn subscription available.
Since you'll receive single skeins of yarn each month, I think this subscription is best suited for beginners who want to try lots of new things, or for knitters who prefer small projects. The patterns we have received so far are suitable for knitters who already know the basics of how to knit, purl, decrease, and increase. (I should note that all of the yarns we've received so far are silk, which may just be because it's a great summertime fiber.)
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Boxes ship around the 20th of each month, so the next box will be shipped at the end of August.
Value Breakdown: For $14 ($10 price of box + US shipping) we received 300 yarns of lace-weight recycled silk yarn with a retail value of $13.99, plus supplies for a DIY dye project, and knit & crochet pattern instructions.
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What did you think of the July 2018 Darn Good Yarn of the Month? Did you try your hand at this project yet? Let us know how yours worked out!