A Darn Good Idea
When Air Force Veteran Nicole Snow got out of the military, she knew she wanted to do one thing, and that was to make a difference. Originally beginning as an imports and exports business from Nepal and India, her love of knitting grew to produce Darn Good Yarn (DGY).
She realized how much waste there was from silk sari remnants, and was able to recycle them into reusable crafts for art. ”I loved the yarn, but I knew I could make it better.”
In working with co-ops, she is able to employ women to hand spin the fabric into yarn. In return, Nicole provides wages, healthcare, educational benefits, and a trade that can be passed down to future family members. She also saved over 10,000 pounds of silk waste from heading into landfills and turning them into yarn in 2012.
Do you know where your yarn comes from? Is it acrylic and a by-product of plastic? Would you prefer it to be environmentally friendly, and made from a recyclable source? Biodegradable? DGY provides a myriad of elements to work with such as silk, newspaper, banana fiber, hemp and wool, to name a few.
Most people are unaware that there are potentially horrible working environments possibly associated with that “bargain priced” yarn often found in local craft stores. That’s another great thing about this business. All of the yarn is acquired through fair trade, and is not obtained unethically or illegally through the use of sweat shops and/or child labor. You can create with a conscience!
Nicole’s business has also created a ripple effect on all artists, both local and internationally. Not only does Darn Good Yarn offer wholesale to independent artists, she works one-on-one with your business, offering personalized service and advice. With literally hundreds of different yarns to choose from, there are a lot of things to take into consideration when placing an order. When starting any project, careful planning is always needed in regards to gauge, type and consistency. No need to get overwhelmed! Nicole is not only patient, but her expertise and insight is priceless when specifically ordering what is needed to create your vision.
Custom, one of kind products, that are Earth friendly and human kind approved. Darn Good Yarn. Making the world better, one skein at a time.