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What is yarn? By definition, yarn is a thread made of natural or synthetic fibers and is used for knitting or weaving. But yarn is more than just thread or fibers, yarn is a story. From the beginning of its story while it is still being woven by the delicate hands of our workers, to the middle as it passes from our hands to yours. The end of the story is what you decide you want it to be. Whether you decide to buy yarn and turn it into your own creation, or if you decide to buy a ready-to-wear item. Darn Good Yarn sells more than just yarn because we believe in products with a story.
Darn Good Yarn, founded in 2008 by Nicole Snow, is a wholesaler and retailer of original recycled yarns, clothing and home goods. Nicole, a US Air Force Veteran, decided she wanted to “unwind” with yarn and to take two of her passions in life – art and helping others – and combine them. The result was Darn Good Yarn. The mission is simple: provide phenomenal quality fibers to enthusiasts, meanwhile helping the women of India and Nepal become autonomous and self-reliant. Darn Good Yarn takes manufactured waste, which would normally be sent to landfills, and repurposes it to create spectacular pieces of art. All of the yarns are handmade in small batches and undergo extensive quality control. More importantly, however, Darn Good Yarn hand-selects 300 women in Nepal and India for their skill and offers them appropriate means to support their families that not only allows them to survive, but to thrive. By allowing these women to work from home, Darn Good Yarn has the ability to spread employment opportunities to people who might not otherwise have the chance. Yarn can be a story and all of our yarns are, essentially, mirrors of the amazing women who create them. When you invest in Darn Good Yarn for your projects, you are not only using yarn that is helping a family eat, have proper medical care, and send their children to school…but you are making a final piece that carries a history within each stitch that in turn enhances the beauty of the overall story. We invite you to join the change, spread the joy, and discover the story inside of you.