Yarnbox January 2014 Reveal

Yarn in a box

Yarn in a box

I just received my Yarnbox! I can’t wait to share with you what I got.

First off though, how cute is the box? The sticker reads, “Caution! Yarn inside. May cause extreme happiness.” After seeing what I got, they couldn’t be more correct.

First peek in the box

First peek in the box

As soon as you open your box, you are greeted with a glossy postcard that has been printed with information on all the goodies you are receiving. It’s a great resource to learn more about the featured designers and the story behind the yarn choice. This Yarnbox’s theme is “Fairy Lights” and you’ll see why in just a moment.

My haul

My haul

The whole Fairy Lights theme is very apparent from the yarn choices to the beautiful designer cards. Each item has its own glint and glimmer. Let me break it down for you and remind you that I paid $39 for the box (which can go down to $35 if I bought in a six month group).

Can you see the sparkly names?

Can you see the sparkly names?

First off are the designer cards. The are printed on both sides with glossy pictures of some the designer’s popular patterns. They also include discounts to use in the designer’s online stores. Both offered 20% off. Plus on the Yarnbox website, I have a library that stores the free patterns that each designer offers.

I received the Crocodile Hooded Cape from Lianka Azulay (retail $6.00) and the Snow Cap from Cheryl Kubat (retail $7.00). Both are beautiful patterns.

I also received a download for the pattern made from the yarn included in the box. It is a crochet pattern (yay!) called the Glittercloud Cowl made by the creative director for Yarnbox, Hannah Thiessen. (retail $3.50)

So the patterns and discounts alone could cover half the cost of the box, but the yarn included cemented my future with Yarnbox (as in, I’ll be sticking with the subscription).

So shiny!

So shiny!

Yarn #1: Knit Collage Stargazer Silk and Sequins in French Vanilla (retail $32.00)

This 100% silk yarn has brass sequins scattered throughout its 110 yard hank.

I don’t know what it is but I have always wanted to crochet with yarn that has sequins attached (must be my love of shiny things). I love the fact that I got this yarn in my box and can’t wait to give it a go. It is beautifully handspun and the “Fairy Lights” are very evident in it’s shimmery quality, plus there are the sequins…

Love the thick and thin

Love the thick and thin

Yarn #2: Knit Collage Pixie Dust Mini in Seashell Pink (retail $28.00)

Another lovely handspun yarn from Knit Collage. This yarn is made from 65% wool, 34% mohair, and 1% polyester and contains 80 fabulous thick and thin yards.

The colors are very seaside summer coral and it has a little sparkly that works well with the Fairy Lights theme.

Can you see the sparkle?

Can you see the sparkle?

I’m excited to unwind the hank and see how the color is distributed. I’ll be doing reviews for both yarns to see how crochet friendly they are so watch out for those.

So if you are keeping score, I surpassed my initial investment before we even reached the 2nd hank of yarn. All in all,  the value was almost double what I spent ($76.50 without taking into account any potential savings from using the promo codes I received).

Yarnbox has made a fan out of me.  Check out the video reveal below for even more sparkle!

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6 thoughts on “Yarnbox January 2014 Reveal

  1. This is so cool, we get to be excited along with you:) I am so thinking of joining one or both of these “clubs-groups” what fun and really neat way to experience the different yarns! Yay!

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    • I think they both have their own positives. Both sent really great boxes. Though the monetary value of the Yarnbox box was greater compared with what was spent, Knitcrate has a robust review system that rewards comments and feedback with money off in their very stocked online store. So I can’t say I like one better than the other. I like that they are so different, then it’s like Christmas twice a month with gifts from my two favorite relatives who have very different taste.

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