I got a little behind with the holidays, but also wanted to try something new. So instead of full blog posts of the values of all the items in my yarn subscriptions that I receivedlast month, I made up two videos with the breakdowns already included.
My first is from Yarnbox. It is the November 2014 box. I got some really nice yarn from New Zealand (spoiler alert: more possum yarn.)
The second is from Knitcrate. It is the November 2014 Int/Adv Knitter crate. It had an awesome scarf in a scarf kit and a item that I’m giving away below, so be sure to head below the video for that.
This guy is made for storing your circular knitting needles while working on a project. The video goes more into what it does, but it’s a great tool for your knitting bag. It can be yours by leaving a little comment below on what your last finished project was.*
*US residents only please. Entries accepted until Dec. 21st, 2014 midnight Pacific time. I’ll announce the winner on Monday, Dec. 22nd, 2014
I’ve got another giveaway going up in the next couple of days that is great for knitters or crocheters so follow the blog now so you get notification when that is up.
The newest Yarnbox has arrived. Read on to see what is inside!
I received a whopping three hanks of fun this month! Along with a fabulous crochet pattern and super cute knit cowl pattern. See the details and value below.
Designer Trading Cards
Not only did we get two fabulous patterns as always, but this month Yarnbox has a new feature.
They are now also including a stitch pattern they say works fantastically with the yarn they have sent. Unfortunately it’s a knit stitch pattern so I’ll have to take their word for it, but it is a cute stitch pattern for you bi-craftuals out there.
The 100% super soft merino wool has 208 yards per hank. The two hanks have a coordinating color between them (see it better in the video below) which can make for a very cool project. Or keep them separate and make two super cool projects.
It’s a 100% silk that has Murano glass beads and Sequins dispersed throughout. As you can see from the picture, they don’t skimp on the beads. It is so beautiful I can’t wait to make something out of it.
*I say approx. value because this is a kind of “sample” hank. It contains 40 yards (plenty for what I’m thinking of using it for), and the regular size hank contains 110 to 160 yards depending on where you purchase it.
This month’s yarnbox is a beautiful mix of fibers that I am so thankful I get to work with. Plus the value of items inside far outweighs the price. So another successful month!
Soak gave us a free travel size bit of their fabulous wash. If you’ve never used Soak, I highly recommend it. I use it for all of my hand washables and for blocking my projects. It is very gentle and doesn’t need to be washed out. I’m excited to try the scentless since I have a huge bottle of the scented version (lasts forever).
So as you can see, we’ve received more than ever this month and I haven’t even gotten to the yarn.
The yarn this month is a colorful hand-painted, self-striping, 100% superwash merino sock yarn (what a mouthful!) from Cherry Tree Hill Yarn. ($24 a hank value)
It’s called Fingerpaints and the colorway I received is Cider House. It has just about every color in the rainbow and the pictures don’t do it justice.
Each hank contains 420 yards so I can’t wait to try to crochet some socks with this and see how well it stripes with single crochet. Of course I will share my results with everyone so you won’t be left in suspense.
Do you get a Yarnbox this month? What was inside? Let us know below. And check out the video reveal below if you want to see more of the yarn.
I am a little behind on my reveal for April’s Yarnbox. I got it a little late in the month because of some unforeseen circumstances at DHL.
All is good though, and everything arrived intact and wonderful as usual. You can check out the video below to see more of the beautiful Fyberspates Vivacious DK (approx $26 USD per hank) and other goodies I received.
As for all the amassing yarn I’ve been receiving through my yarn subscription services — fear not.
I’m planning out their usage (which include many free pattern workshops) as I type. The kids are out of school very soon so that frees up a lot of my time (I home school, so it’s reverse, my days are less busy in the summer.)
I’m actually starting on a pattern today that will be free in hopefully about a week. So check back, or better yet, follow the blog and get immediate notice when it’s added.
This is a beautiful worsted weight 50% merino/50% silk blend yarn. Each hank comes with a generous 273 yards.
The yarn has a great sheen and is super soft. I can’t wait to make something up with it.
So I’m very happy with my haul and very thankful for Yarnbox for including me this month. Did you get a Yarnbox this month? How do you like your yarn? Let us know below and check out the video reveal while you’re at it. 🙂
This merino, cashmere, nylon blend is a beautiful hand dyed yarn that is extremely versatile because of it’s content. Scarves, shawls, heanies, and so much more can be made from these skeins. I can’t wait to start working with this yarn.
So as you can see the overall Yarnbox was a great deal as usual. Not only is the discount on yarn and designers a steal, but learning about these companies and people I might never had found is something that can’t be measured.
Did you get a yarnbox this month? Tell us what you think about it below. Plus see the video reveal below for more views of the beautiful yarn I received this month.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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…
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.
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!