As you may know, September is basically the month of fashion – last week was fashion week here in New York City, and the September issue of Vogue is always the biggest and best one of the year. So it makes perfect sense that the theme of this months KnitCrate would be none other than the fitting theme of “Couture”! As a fashion designer myself, I am totally into it
Making it’s KnitCrate debut this month is a “Lorna’s Laces” yarn, the first time this well-known luxury yarn brand of yarn has been featured! Included is 2 hanks of their Haymarket yarn in the “Lookbook” colorway, a 100% Bluefaced Leicester Wool, with 215 yards per 100 gram skein. It is very soft, and would be the perfect yarn for felting if that is your thing!
This variegated yarn has lovely shades of dusty pink, dark purple, navy, and mustard. These colors feel reminiscent of Autumn leaves and have me excited about the coming season
2 cowl pattern are included this month, both by designer Christine Marie Chen. The beginner cowl in the “Westgate Cowl“, and the Intermediate/Advanced option is the “Rocky Canyon Cowl“. Both designs feature interesting textures which showcase the color variegations of this yarn.
The fun extra this month a cute little photo holder that says “Someone Really Loves Ewe” by Etsy shop Think Pray Gift. It has a cute little sheep on it – this would be fun to have at home or to gift to a child to put in their room You can find more from this Esty shop here.
If you would like this box, you can get it by becoming a KnitCrate subscriber by the end of this month! KnitCrate has also given me some special coupon codes for you to use when you try out their monthly subscription – use GIRLY20 to get 20% off your first box OR use FREECRATE to get a free mystery box! These codes apply towards all box options here: http://mbsy.co/gNVBP Enjoy!
This month I had the pleasure of receiving all of KnitCrate’s July monthly boxes, and getting to unbox and review them all in a super fun Facebook Live video! The video of me opening up and sharing the contents of each box is here, and I will also be sharing the specific contents of the boxes below
The theme for this month’s boxes was “Pop”, as all of the crates featured bright and punchy pop colors! You can find all of the boxes mentioned on KnitCrate’s site, which will be available until the end of the month.
These boxes all contained so much joy, and I’m excited to share with you more about them
In this month’s Aritsan Crate (previously known as the Main Crate), I was delighted to receive this bright and beautiful royal blue yarn! It is a fingering weight yarn by Artisan Yarns called Sockpaca in the “BooBerry” colorway. The fiber content is 60% SuperWash Merino Wool, 20% Alpaca, and 20% Nylon, and there are 440 yards per skein. It is incredibly soft and luxurious feeling, so that along with the subtle color variations of the blues make this yarn really special.
There are two featured patterns in this crate, a beginner shawl pattern called “Daisy” by Melinda Measor, and an intermediate/advanced shawl pattern called “Bluebell” by the same designer. Both feature gorgeous lace patterns – either of these shawls would make quite the statement in this vibrant color!
Also included is this box is a pair of Yarn Safe Knitting Shears, the perfect scissors for travelling! You can find this box and all of the other “Pop” boxes here.
Up next is the Sock Crate (also featured in the first up-close photo) – isn’t this yarn stunning?! It is a fingering weight yarn by Lavender Lune Yarn in the “Firefly Riot” colorway. Not only does it have beautiful speckles of reds, yellows, teals, and purples, it’s got some sparkle in it too! It is made up of 75% SuperWash Merino, 20% Nylon, and 5% Gold Stelina, and is 438 yards to the skein.
The featured sock pattern is “Celtic Climbers” by Lisa K. Ross, which showcase a fun cable-like lace pattern climbing up the sides of the socks.
Also in this box are some adorable “Handmade” tags that you can put on your knitted gifts! The tags feature a variety of fonts and motifs and were made exclusively for this KnitCrate box by Johavi Woodworking! Pick up this awesome box before it’s gone here
This month’s Pop Crochet Crate is definitely perfect for anybody who loves orange! The featured yarn is a Sport Weight 100% SuperWash Merino wool by OMG Yarn at 345 yards per skein. This fantastic yellow and orange colorway (which looks like the sun, am I right?!) is called “Rushmore”, and comes with 2 crochet patterns!
The beginner pattern is a shawl pattern called “Jaynes Arrow” and the intermediate/advanced pattern is “Breezy’s Tee”, an oversized lacey tee that would make for the perfect beach cover up! Both patterns are by designer Melina Gingras.
The fun extra in this month’s Crochet Crate is a beautiful rainbow wood crcohet hook by KnitPicks in size H-8 (5mm). You can get this crate here!
Lastly, I received the Knitologie Crate, which is a no frills crate that simply contains 2 skeins of an exclusive hand dyed luxury yarn that you can dream up whatever you want with. What I love about this crate is that this yarn is truly unique and you can’t buy it anywhere else as it is only for KnitCrate subscribers!
The exclusive yarn in this month’s crate is a Sport Weight 100% SuperWash Merino Wool at 330 yards per skein. Of all of the colors in this month’s Pop crates, this one is definitely my fave as it’s a blend of my 2 favorite colors, pink and purple! Together they create a stunning hot pink/purple magenta-like combo that I am totally obsessed with. The color is called “Kiss” which makes sense to me 😉 While this crate has no patterns or tools, it does contain 5 different discount codes for the yarns and tools featured in the other boxes, ranging from 10-25% off their shops! And just so you know, all of the other crates feature 2-3 discount codes for the companies of the featured fiber goodies as well.
If you would like any of the boxes mentioned above, you can get them by becoming a KnitCrate subscriber to the box you want by the end of this month! KnitCrate has also given me some special coupon codes for you to use when you try out their monthly subscription – use GIRLY20 to get 20% off your first box OR use FREECRATE to get a free mystery box! These codes apply towards all box options here: http://mbsy.co/gNVBP Enjoy!
This month I am so excited to share my first review of KnitCrate, a subscription box for knitters! Each month they send you a knitting project with a pattern and all of the yarn you need to complete the project. The main box includes 2 pattern options for the featured yarn (a beginner as well as an intermediate/advanced version for you to choose from) and an extra fun goodie! There is also a sock version of this box for sock lovers, so fun!
Below are the contents of their February main box and sock box. If you like what’s inside, you can actually purchase these boxes if you start your subscription by the end of the month! You can also get 20% off your first month with coupon code GIRLY20, OR a free mystery box with code FREECRATE at checkout, woohoo!! The one I got is above (pink and purple yesssss), more info about that at the bottom of this post 😉 Check out all of the details on starting your subscription here: http://mbsy.co/gNVBP
KnitCrate February Box
So first of all, KnitCrate’s packaging is super cute. I saw this bright shiny red package near the mailboxes as I was walking into my apartment building, thinking “That’s so sweet! Who could that be for?!” and…to my surprise, it was for me! It also happened to be right before Valentine’s Day when it arrived so this was a super special Vday treat
I was delighted when I opened it up to find 3 skeins of Mrs. Crosby “Steamer Trunk”, a gorgeous semi-solid 100% Merino Wool yarn in Lagoon, Garden House, and Smitten. The pattern for the yarn is a patchwork purse, with a “Triangle” and “Mitered Square” option. Who doesn’t love options?!
Also included in this package was an adorable heart-shaped lavender and shea butter bath bomb by Etsy artisan Petting My Unicorn. It smells absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to use it! I hear it’s got Epsom Salt in it too which is perfect for soothing those sore knitting muscles 😉 Want to get your hands on this awesome project? Get it here! And don’t forget to use one of the awesome offer codes mentioned above
KnitCrate February Sock Box
I was thrilled to also receive the February Sock Box. But seriously, how fun is it to open a box and be surprised by what’s inside? I personally love surprises and find the un-boxing of the mysterious goodies inside to be half the fun
The sock yarn included in the February box is Mrs. Crosby “Train Case”, a blend of 55% Merino Wool, 15% Nylon, and 30% Outlast Viscose, a unique fiber that extends the life of your socks! Apparently this unique colorway with flecks of gorgeous blues and greens was made especially for Knit Crate subscribers, how cool is that?!
The pattern included is a design by Mindy Vasil called “Soft Serve Socks”, which feature a beautiful swirling lace pattern that goes all the way up the socks! I can’t wait to see how the colors in the yarn knit up in this pattern. Also included in the sock box was the lavender bath bomb for double the love! I gave it to my friend Katie as a sweet Valentine’s treat since I was so lucky to receive two Another awesome feature in the boxes is that you get special promo codes for knitting products, at least 2 per box! In this box was a discount for more patterns from the designer, and the Petting My Unicorn shop.
KnitCrate January Box
Because KnitCrate is amazingly awesome, they also sent me their January box to review since they know how much I love pink and purple The postcard for this box is just so fun – even though New Year’s has come and gone, it totally got me excited about the new year all over again!
Inside this box were 2 hand-dyed yarns by Mode Knit Yarn, “ModeWerk”, which is a super soft 100% superwash Merino Wool yarn, in the Daenerys Eyes and Mercury colorways. The pattern options for this yarn are a beginner’s scarf pattern, and a intermediate/advanced lace cowl pattern by Annie Modesitt. As someone who could tackle either skill level, I find it really nice to choose which design I would prefer to make!
The fun extra included in this box was a KnitCrate notebook and pen. I feel like KnitCrate really understands their customers, because us knitters are always taking notes!
As I mentioned before, you can get a free mystery box just like this when you use coupon code FREECRATE with your monthly subscription, OR get 20% off your first month with coupon code GIRLY20! Please note that these only apply to the month to month subscription, and not to the 3 & 12 month plans as those are already discounted! Sign up to try out Knitcrate and see if it’s something you would enjoy getting in your mailbox each month here: http://mbsy.co/gNVBP
Overall, I really enjoyed this service, and can’t wait to try out these yarns and patterns. I appreciate the care and attention KnitCrate puts into making their boxes joyful to receive, with tons of value and surprises inside. I hope you enjoyed this review, and please let me know if you have any questions! I look forward to sharing more boxes with you