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August Yarnbox

In crochet, knitting on August 29, 2013 at 12:00 am

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Unfortunately, this will be last posting (for a while) about Yarnbox, as this is the last one in my birthday subscription. Unlike July’s box, I really did love this yarn and I’m glad it was a chunky weight.

I love working with chunky weight for obvious reasons… It knits up faster and produces a warmer fabric. This yarn was like a mint green and turquoise “thread” entwined in a grayish off-white background. It is really a gorgeous yarn.

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I just want to be clear that I’m only saying it will be a while before another yarn subscription period and not specifically Yarnbox. I have a sizeable stash that I need to tackle as it is.

Overall, I must say that I was happy with Yarnbox… They did it for me 2 out of 3 times. In my book that ain’t too bad! I must say that I did love having the yarn subscription because it did expose me to yarn companies I had never heard of and I appreciated that and most of all, it was not a bill! Lol

I’d like to apologize for the delay in posting this. The Yarnbox was received last week Friday 8/23 and that was when the film was done as well. Enjoy.

July 2013 Yarnbox – Take Two

In crochet, knitting on July 27, 2013 at 3:55 pm

I guess this is no longer a spoiler since the August Yarnbox is expected in a few weeks.

Disclaimers about the video:
1. This is my very first properly executed self video. The first wasn’t taped properly i.e. vertically.
2. During the filming, I got a message on my tablet and it was heard on the video. And it’s loud too! lol Sorry.  Anyone know how to fix that for the next time?
3. I think I started speaking fast but I’m not sure. Sorry.  I’ll sum up what  I said below the video.

If you’re asking yourself, “What did she say?!?” Here it is:

INSIDE THE BOX

The Postcards:
Laura Nelkin [codes for 50%off her jewelry kit on Ravelry | 20% off all e-patterns and books for July and August | 50% off her Craftsy classes]
Sarah Jane Jackson [1 copy of her ‘Frippery’ cuff pattern | 30% off any Ravelry pattern | 40% off the ‘Cuffed’ e-book]
Darn Good Yarn: Making a Positive Impact in the World, providing empowerment to those (Nepal and India) “who face gender and caste discrimination” … “empowerment comes from creatingmarvelous, high quality yarn from reclaimed materials.” Mostly the women of those countries are creating these yarns.

The Yarn:
2 skeins hot pink Darn Good Yarn – Lux Adventure Collection Recycled Silk Yarn (80 yds each)
1 skein Darn Good Yarn – Plush [that’s the hairy multicolored one] (32 yds)
1 skein Darn Good Yarn – At The Bahamas (117ft, 130 yds)

I’m not a fan of novelty yarn. And I consider this to be novelty yarn.

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LUX ADVENTURE COLLECTION RECYCLED SILK YARN

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PLUSH

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AT THE BAHAMAS

The Bottom Line: I’m disappointed with the box.  I have no idea what to do with them.  Any suggestions?

Not in the video:
1) I looked on Ravelry and SEVERAL people “Will trade or sell” Plush.  A few “will trade or sell” Lux Adventure Collection Recycled Silk Yarn and At The Bahamas.

2) I think that the Lux Adventure Collectionan be worked with. The other 2…I’m not so sure. I guess I’ll join the ” Will trade or Sell” crowd on Ravelry!

3) I’m not knocking this company, I think they are doing a very positive , beautiful thing for the people of India, I just wished they had selected some nicer yarn from their brand I saw like Brown Tweed Pulled Silk (all the colors), Harvest Silk Cloud Silk Yarn, Jar of Olives Chunky Wool Yarn.  I will still support as I stated,  because it is worthy and brings people to self-sufficiency and building their economy.

July Yarnbox

In crochet, knitting on July 22, 2013 at 8:03 pm

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Yarn is supposed to make you happy… Make me happy. And I am, but at this moment, I’m congested and miserable. I don’t feel like doing much of anything. I’m sneezing all over the place and my face hurts. I don’t think that even yarn can pick me up right now…the fibers would probably just make me sneeze more.

I made a mad dash out of work to get to the post office just to be waiting 45 minutes! In the first 30 minutes, the line of over a dozen people accumulated, and the worker at the window was still serving 1 patron….in THIRTY minutes???? What? That’s just ridiculous and plain stupid! I don’t think so! So I rang that service bell until the USPS staff knew we were serious and were as annoyed as we were for having to wait that long! You better believe that once that bell was rung that line went flying! And I would do it again!!! The good thing about this (besides getting my Yarnbox) is that some old ladies offered me some peppermints for my sneezing!

Even still, after all that, just to get my package, I don’t even feel to open it. I’ve been anticipating it since the last one…with all that scrumptious woolly treats! Oh yes! Yum! I can feel it! I can’t wait to find out what’s inside! I decided against checking out the spoilers on Ravelry because I would like to be surprised and show this genuinely in the reveal video. What I will say though, is that it feels lighter than the last one and it sounds like 1 skein when I shook it up. Wonk wonk.

We shall see.

Yarnbox…Opened and Unleashed

In knitting on June 21, 2013 at 1:21 am

Spoiler Alert!

If you have a subscription to Yarnbox and are waiting for your June box and wish to not know the contents please…please. Do not proceed to the video, but you can certainly continue reading.

So Yarnbox is a yarn subscription which I saw an advertisement for in Knit Scene or Interweave magazine back in May. I tried to order it myself, but there was a waiting list and I, of course, added myself. I received an email shortly after with a code which expired in 72 hours. So, I had to act fast!

My birthday was approaching and I sent that code to a special man who understands my love of yarn and knitting. He ordered a 3 month subscription for me. Then I waited and waited some more, for the June 17 ship date. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, it came. I couldn’t be happier! The yarn is absolutely gorgeous! It’s soft… It’s decadent… It’s all sorts of lushous deliousness! Three skeins of dk weight at 231 yards each were in the box! (Oh snap! Holler!) Do you know what I could make with that?! (Um, seriously, any ideas? I’m going to check out Ravelry for inspiration.)

Um. Just thought I’d share….

YIPEEEEEEEEEE!
(Sorry, I couldn’t contain it! Did you see how I destroyed that box?! Lol)