My Paradise Fibers Yarn Club box for September came in. The yarn for this month is Crazyfoot in Poppy Trail from Mountain Colors. The colors are gorgeous for fall, although I have no idea what to make with it. I still haven’t finished last month’s project. The additional item this month was some nice goat’s milk soap. Actually, the smell as so strong from the lavender soap that I could smell it as soon as I opened the mailbox. I am typically allergic to handmade soaps (especially highly scented ones) so I won’t be bathing with it. However, I did tuck the bar into my yarn closet in hopes that the lovely scent will permeate the yarn (and also repel bugs).
My yarn club shipment arrived from Paradise Fibers today, sooner than expected. I didn’t realize it had even shipped yet. This is my second month in the club and I am very pleased with their selection again this month. This yarn is called Bearfoot and it is by Mountain Colors. The color is Lilac. This is a fingering weight yarn. The package also came with a little notions case and a pattern for fingerless gloves. I am not that big of a fan of fingerless gloves, but I already have a pair half done, so I will probably find another pattern. I love the color of this yarn and I look forward to making something. By the way, look at the adorable tissue paper it came wrapped in. It has little sheepies!
I finished my moebius cowl from the first month of the Mountain Colors Yarn Club from Paradise Fibers. The pattern was called Canyon Breeze, but I can’t find it on Ravelry so I don’t have a link for you. The yarn is Mountain Colors Monarch in Harmony Aspen. The cowl had a faux-cable pattern which I’m almost certain I did wrong but the result was fine. I didn’t understand the whole “skip two stitches, knit into the 3rd stitch” part. I was knitting into the front of that stitch instead of knitting normally but that’s ok. I also had to learn the kitchener stitch and provisional cast on for this project.
I will be giving this to my boss, because she loves blue.
So I signed up for yet another yarn club. This one is from Paradise Fibers (a site I have been going to to ogle the spinning wheels) and is a monthly shipment of Mountain Colors yarn. Now, I had never even seen or touched a skein of Mountain Colors when I signed up so I had no idea what to expect. When the first shipment came in yesterday, I was very pleasantly surprised. The yarn, Mountain Colors Monarch in Aspen (I think), is beautiful and so very soft. One thing I like about this yarn club over Yarnbox is that they include a pattern that actually goes with the yarn they sent (makes perfect sense to me). Also, if you finish the project by the next shipment, you get $10 off the next month. If you finish after, you still get $5. The pattern they included is a faux-cable cowl that I actually like. The yarn is worsted weight and the cowl is done on US10 needles, so I could probably get it done in time. They also threw in a digital row counter for your finger, which is neat because I don’t have one of those.
A discussion at knit night led me to a new discovery: yarn clubs.
- YarnBox – There’s a new company starting a yarn-of-the-month club, called YarnBox. Basically, each month they are planning to send out a few skeins of yarn from an indie company. The idea being that it creates exposure for the small companies you might not hear of otherwise. You have no clue about the colors or fiber content you will receive. You only option’s are Not to Small and Not to Big, if you wanted to rule out lace or bulky weights. I tried to get a subscription for May, but they were sold out. I’m hoping to get in the June batch. If you visit the Ravelry page for the group, some people have started posting pictures of the May box. I think it’ll be an interesting concept.
- Magnolia Society– Madelinetosh offers two club options. The Yarn Club is a subscription that sends you a sampling of yarns every month. You sign up, choose your color scheme (Jewel Tones, Neutrals, or Naturals) and then for three months you’ll receive a few skeins of yarn. The other option is the Sweater Club. This is kind of a way to do a payment plan on a sweater’s worth of yarn. You pay by the month, and they’ll send you enough yarn to complete a sweater in increments. In the end, you’ll have enough yarn for three sweaters. You do get to choose the exact colors that you want for each.
- KnitCrate – These packages include a pattern, enough yarn to complete it, plus a few extra goodies. You can customize by either getting a Baby, Sock, Beginner, Intermediate/Advanced, Indie, or Mini kit, which will determine the types of projects and yarn included. Project examples include a hot water bottle and cover (April 2013) and a starter kit for the BeeKeeper Quilt (aka The Blanket Everyone’s Making). I think this is interesting and, if I attempt the Beekeeper it may be with their hit. However, I’m not sure I would want to subscribe because you never know what the project will be. For example, I really would have no desire for a hot water bottle and cover. But if you’re an all-encompassing knitter, this sounds like a great club.
- Yarn-of-the-Month Club – This club sends you two partial skeins of yarn every month. The idea is to knit a 5×5 square of each and you could piece them all together.
- Sundara – With the Sock Club, you receive 3 skeins of yarn in different bases that you can pay for in installments. They have some seriously gorgeous yarn that I posted about recently.
- Etsy – A search for “yarn club” will bring up indie run yarn subscriptions for handspuns.