A Couple of Reveals And A Giveaway

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.

Giveaway

Needle Keeper
Needle Keeper

 

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.

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Yarnbox August 2014 Reveal

This month I received a Yarnbag, instead of a Yarnbox. Find out why below!

 

My yarnbag.
My yarnbag.

 

The simple reason for the yarnbag was that the yarn was so gigantic, it wouldn’t fit into a yarnbox!

But before we get to the yarn.

 

Let’s check out the Designer trading card.

Such a cute combo.
Such a cute combo.

Melissa Leapman (designer of over 800 knit and crochet projects) made a knitted and crocheted version of her “Jenny Set” that you see above (crochet set is in the picture).

It’s perfect for the included yarn and cute to boost.

 

Now The Yarn

 

They wore this in Sochi.
They wore this in Sochi.

 

The yarn is by Imperial Yarn and is called Erin. ($66 value for all three)

Imperial yarn has been around since 1871 and was the yarn chosen for the sweaters worn by the Sochi Olympians this past winter.

The wool is incredibly soft for 100%. It is a 3ply worsted, though it seems almost bulky with how lofty it is.

There is a generous 225 yards in each hank, so you could do three beanies or a really nice large scarf with it. I’m planning as I type…

Did you get a Yarnbox this month? What colors did you get? Let us know below. Also see more of the yarn and the other side of the designer card in the video below.

 

 

Yarnbox June 2014 Reveal

What's inside?
What’s inside?

The newest Yarnbox has arrived. Read on to see what is inside!

So many colors!
So many colors!

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 

New feature this month.
New feature this month.

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.

Our knit designer this month is Iris Schreier and she has provided her Wavy Shawl as a free pattern as well as 15% off in the Art Yarns pattern shop. ($4 value for the cowl)

The crochet designer is ACCROchet and her Ski Bunny pattern is super cute and free! She also gives us 30% off in her Rav shop. ($5 value for the hat)

Yarn Time

Use together or apart.
Use together or apart.

The first two hanks are Art Yarns Supermerino ($20 each hank value)

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.

So beautiful!!!
So beautiful!!!

The third hank is probably the most beautiful yarn I’ve ever touched. It is Artyarns Beaded Silk Sequins Light. ($24 value approx.*)

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!

See more of the yarn in the video reveal below.

New Yarnbox… It’s So Colorful!

It's here, with lots of goodies!
It’s here, with lots of goodies!

I’m not sure I can call this just a yarnbox anymore.

The last two months, the folks at this great company have been adding in some fun extras.

This month has the most yet.

Read on to see what I mean.

Look at all this stuff!
Look at all this stuff!

Designer Trading Cards

Cards and more... galore.
Cards and more… galore.

This month not only did we get two fabulous free patterns from the featured designers, but we also got extras from Soak, Potluck yarns, and Artisan Yarns. Here’s a breakdown:

  1. Featured designer Taylor Tengelson gave us the Feet Retreat sock pattern (it’s crochet) as a freebie and 25% off all her other patterns in her Ravelry shop. ($4+ value)
  2. Featured designer Jessica Larson gave us the Emita cowl as a freebie and 25% off all her other patterns in her Ravelry shop. ($4+ value)
  3. Artisan Yarns gave us a 15% off coupon code for use in their online store.  (various value)
  4. Potluck Yarn gave us a coupon code for a single free pattern from their store. ($5 value)
  5. Potluck also included a bookmark that introduces us to The Broken Circle, Book One of The Potluck Trilogy.  So not only does Potluck make yarn and patterns, but they also write books. Very cool.
  6. 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

Can't wait to see it stripe up.
Can’t wait to see it stripe up.

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.

 

DHL Delay

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 the good stuff.
All the good stuff.

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.

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Yarnbox March 2014 Reveal

Yarnbox March 2014
Yarnbox March 2014

It’s that time again.

Yarnbox time!

This month there is a little surprise that I’ve been waiting to share with you all. Read on to find out what it is.

Who's that on the left?
Who’s that on the left?

My little surprise is that I am part of the Yarnbox this month. I am their featured crochet designer and I contributed my Nesting Cowl ($2.99 value) as the free download.

I also included a promo code for 30% off in the shop (unlimited value).

Designer Trading Cards
Designer Trading Cards

The knit designer of the month is Alex Tinsley and she is offering her Sproinger Beanie ($5.50 value) as the knit free download.

She is also giving 10% off in her Ravelry shop. (unlimited value). She has some really great knit patterns, I love her style.

Yarn Time

Swiss Made Yarn
Swiss Made Yarn

The yarn in the box this month is 2 hanks of Swiss made Siidegarte Siide-Flauschig ($29.00 a hank value).

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. 🙂

 

 

 

Yarnbox February 2014 Reveal

What will it be?
What will it be?

I just got the newest Yarnbox last night and I can’t wait to share what I got. If you’re ready to see, keep reading. If you’re a subscriber and haven’t received yours yet, hide your eyes!

Look, yarn in the box!
Look, yarn in the box!

As usual, I’ll breakdown the contents and give my initial thoughts on my goodies.

Yarnbox Trading Cards
Yarnbox Trading Cards

I’m calling these Yarnbox Trading Cards from now on. They remind me of baseball cards, but instead of awesome athletes, I get awesome designers.

The two featured designers this month are:

1)Lily Prajogo (subscription includes a 25% off all purchases in her shop this month)

Plus you get her crochet Saltire Shawl as a free download ($6.oo)

I really appreciate Yarnbox giving us both a knit and crochet pattern in each kit and this crochet shawl is beautiful.

2)Kitman Figueroa  (subscription includes a 20% off all purchases in her shop this month)

Plus you get her knit Thorn Shawl as a free download ($5.oo)

This designer’s shawls make me want to learn to knit better. Her designs are absolutely beautiful.

Now for the yarn:

So soft!
So soft!

This month I received almost 400 yards (398 to be exact) of Phydeaux Designs Caresse Worsted Weight Yarn. ($33.00 a hank)

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.

 

 

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!