Today I am writing about a sweater kit I recently ordered from Darn Good Yarn, “a wholesaler and retailer of original recycled yarns, clothing and home goods.”
The kit is for a sweater knit with their Reclaimed Sari Silk Ribbon. There are several links to yarn by this name on their site, but they all say, “Vintage silk saris are first torn by hand into quarter inch strips, then sewn together to make this wonderful recycled sari silk yarn.”
Now, I love recycling and reuse.
I love companies that emphasize fair trade, or help out impoverished people, especially women.
I love great big stitches.
So this thing looked PERFECT.
Until I got started.
So far I have wound two out of the five skeins that came with my kit. Now I am sorely disappointed at the amount of time I have spent UNTYING KNOTS and the amount of time I am going to have to spend SEWING STRIPS TOGETHER in order to end up with what I thought I was ordering.
Here’s what I have after untying every knot I found along the way: the largest of all those little balls is 32 grams, out of two 100-gram skeins.
They have a 30-day return policy, and I placed my order in early December, but am only just now getting around to winding this yarn — so it would seem I am out of luck there.
In the interest of completeness, I also ordered some Chiffon Ribbon Color Packs, and these did not have the same issue with knots. The biggest issue I have with those is that I keep trying different combinations together for the arm-knit scarf, and have yet to get something that I’m really excited about, even after half-a-dozen tries. But that’s probably more about me than the yarn. A friend bought the Arm Knit Scarf Kit instead, and got a really great-looking combination of yarns!
Additionally, I had some issues with the loyalty program (“karma points”). It seems I did not create an account with my first order, although I thought I did. When I went back to look at some other goodies (before I found all these knots!), I wasn’t able to log in. I emailed them and found out that (a) I did not actually create an account on that first order and (b) they said there was no way to credit the $180 I had just spent to a new account.
Hmmm. That’s karma for you.
I wanted so much to like this yarn. I was even looking forward to becoming an affiliate. The Chiffon Ribbon seems fine, but unfortunately, I’m really disappointed in the Silk Ribbon.