On an aged picnic table lay 12 different colored skeins of solid colored worsted weight silk yarn. There is also a pink crochet hook and two granny squares, made of different blue and pink yarn.

What Can I Do With Yarn I Don't Want?

Written by Kate Curry

It’s a relaxing weekend and you’re finally taking time for yourself and cleaning out your crafting room. Sorting all your hooks and needles, dusting off your shelves - and now it's time to sort your yarn. But…did you really buy that ball of yarn? Oh, the color is so 🤢 why does it look like that? Were you drunk when you got this yarn? Why did you think this yarn was a good idea!?

We’ve all been there. There’s always some stray skein or ball that we didn’t really need and we slowly fell out of love with it. But what can we do with the yarn that we no longer want or need? Don’t throw that yarn away! We have a few options for you! 

Sell Your Yarn

Facebook marketplace, ravelry, a garage sale - there are dozens of ways to sell off that yarn to someone who might be in love with your old skein that has been sitting in your closet for a few years. Selling online via ravelry or esty is simple to do and will help you clear out that unwanted yarn. 

Don’t be afraid to check in with your local thrift and pawn stores! You never know what they’ll be willing to accept! 

Donate Your Yarn

There are tons of places where you can donate your yarn! Schools, educational programs, crafting groups, hospitals, and nursing homes will often happily take your fiber art donation. You can also take a peek at Yarn For Good, The owner, Kate, takes your yarn stash, sells it, and sends the proceeds to charities such as St. Jude’s Children's Hospital! 

Swap Or Share

A group of three colorfully dressed women are sitting outside, going through a basket of multicolored yarn.

If you’re a part of a yarn club, check in with your community! Someone may be interested in swapping. If you’re feeling extra generous, give your yarn away to your community, someone would be sure to love it. If you’re not a part of a crafting community, come join ours! 

Join one (or all!) of our amazing facebook groups

A purple button with a QR code that if clicked or scanned will bring you to the DGY- Sari Wrap Skirt Facebook Group
A teal button with a QR code that if clicked or scanned will bring you to the DGY- Official Darn Good Yarn of the Month Club Facebook Group
A pink button with a QR code that if clicked or scanned will bring you to the DGY- Crafting Enthusiasts Facebook Group

Meet the Author

Profile picture of the author, Kate Curry, wearing a dark red Nanda Poncho sitting on concrete stairs in front of brick wall.

Kate has been on the Darn Good Yarn team since 2018.

They have their degree in Creative Art Therapy & Psychology - and like crafting and animals a little too much.