Tuesday, December 29, 2015

November Classic Review: Ewetopia

November was an ideal month for us at Yarnbox as we gleefully packed our boxes with Ewetopia yarn!  Super sized skeins of their Kickapoo Sock and Lima DK together with 4 amazing patterns (2 knit, 2 crochet) completed this box that's quickly became a favorite for our subscribers.




Located in Viroqua, Wisconsin, Kathryn Ashley-Wright began Ewetopia and her fiber shop by the same name in 2007. Eight years later and with much growth in the business, Kathryn now runs Ewetopia with her mother, Lisa Ashley. Their farm, located in southwestern Wisconsin, is home to several animals that give their wool for Ewetopia’s yarns. Their flock of 50 ewes graze the land close to the Wildcat State Park and the Kickapoo Valley Reserve.

Also located on the farm is the dye studio where inspiration is found for their amazing colorways. The yarn is hand dyed using environmentally low-impact acid dyes and using kettle dying and over-dyeing techniques to give the yarn subtle color changes throughout the fiber.




Sent out this month was the Kickapoo Sock, a fingering weight yarn made of 80% superwash merino wool and 20% nylon.  With 840 yards in this super sized skein, members queued up larger shawl and shrug patterns perfect for the gorgeous colorways. 


 

Also arriving in boxes was the Lima DK, a 100% alpaca yarn ready to become anything from ponchos to hats, cowls, and more. 




We can't get over Ewetopia's incredible colors.  No two skeins are exactly the same.  The Lima and its tonal shades along with the variegated Kickapoo still have us captivated and plotting our next projects, including these that are available in our subscribers' Yarnbox libraries.

Kathryn Ashley-Wright showcases her gorgeous yarns in two beautiful knit patterns.  For the Kickapoo Sock, Kathryn designed the Cymbeline Cardigan, a light weight covering that can be worn tied in the front or open to drape its ends.  It's shown here in the Tapestry colorway.



For the Lima DK, Kathryn designed the classy Tempest Poncho that is the perfect touch for both a casual and dressed up attire, shown in the blue-gray Superior color.



Janet Brani of OneLoopShy Designs joined us with two great crochet designs.  For the Kickapoo Sock, Janet gives us her Bleckley Wrap.  This pattern is a little stretch for the average crocheter looking to expand their knowledge with using a Linked Double Crochet stitch. She also has great tips for blocking your finished piece.  Here it is pictured in the January colorway.



Janet's fun Berrien Hat & Cowl set is as perfect match for the Lima DK.  It looks so warm and cozy, just what we need for this time of year!  Here it is in the stunning Pomegranate.




We still have a few skeins of Ewetopia in our Overstock Shop but they're going fast!  Get yours today before they're gone!

Need some additional pattern inspiration?  Check out our group on Ravelry and see what's on our members' needles and hooks.


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Monday, December 14, 2015

November Socks Review: Seven Sisters Arts

November was such a thrilling month for our Yarnbox Socks subscribers with the gorgeous colors of Seven Sisters Arts in their Meridian sock yarn.


Karen Grover from Seven Sisters Arts has a keen eye for color.  Every colorway of this hand dyed yarn had us swooning, making the choice of what to include a difficult one.  The four colors we chose have gorgeous variegation, rich in color and transition.

Colorways: Venus, Cripple Creek, Huginn, Damselfly


We were excited to have the Cripple Creek colorway launched in our Yarnbox Socks!  Our members on Ravelry got a little more insight on the naming of a couple colorways from Karen that I just had to share here as well:

"Once I was trying to develop a color on yarn that was like the iridescence on raven’s wings, when I thought about the colors I realized there is purple, blue, teal, magenta. So I made two colors one a dark teal and the other a dark purple/magenta. I was then trying to figure out what the heck to name them, reading about ravens and stumbled upon the story of the Norse God of the Sky, Odin who had two ravens that accompanied him, one on each shoulder. They would travel around the world and bring him back news, their names were Huginn and Munin (pronounced hoo-ginn and moo-nin). Bingo!

"Cripple Creek was developed for Yarnbox and I loved it so much I made a couple other coordinating colors and named them after turquoise varieties that are often named after the mine where they originated from. Also Neil Young."

It's so much fun to hear the story behind a yarn and its name!  Thank you so much, Karen, for sharing this with all of us.

Meridian's fiber is great to work with and perfect for making your next pair of socks.  Paired with this lovely colored yarn was knit designer Trelly Hernandez with her Cable Party sock pattern. This toe-up design features lots and lots of cables that show off every color in the Meridian skeins.



We understand that not every skein of sock yarn acquired in one's stash will be destined for socks.  One of the great things about the yarn we send in each box of Yarnbox Socks is that it's enough for a pair of knit socks OR any small, fingering weight knit or crochet project.  Later this week, I'll talk about my skein of Meridian and the non-sock project it's become. 

Skeins of Meridian are available for purchase in our Overstock Shop!  Get yours today!



Thursday, November 26, 2015

Exploring Color: Natural Dyeing with Farmhouse Yarns

Each month, our Classic box showcases dyers' unique and colorful yarns. In October, we included a skein of natural undyed 100% merino yarn to accompany the rich hues from Carol Martin at Farmhouse Yarns. Our featured patterns showcased some amazing colorwork designs to feature the contrast but this month also brings the opportunity to play with color yourself.

You don't need professional dyes and equipment to start experimenting with color for custom dyed yarn. There is plenty of dyeing potential found right in your kitchen! Natural dyeing is a great way to explore the multitude of combinations you can achieve with some plant material. Natural dyes require three things: dye material, heat and a binding agent called mordants. Natural dyes use metals to help the dye bind to fiber and create brighter, deeper colors. There are plenty of metals you can use and each will yield a different color with the same dyestuff. Alum (powdered aluminum) is the easiest to work with and can be used with just about everything. Dharma Trading is a great source for mordants and dye materials.

I'm using but onion skins for my samples, which are a easy way to get started since they require very little preparation, are easy to collect and are very forgiving to a beginner. It doesn't take much to get started, but buying some dedicated dyeing tools will be helpful once we move beyond the basics. I use an inexpensive enamel pot and metal slotted spoon for dyeing and collect the skins from onions whenever I cook. The skins keep best stored in a paper bag until you have enough to make dye.

To beginning, I split a full skein of Andy's Merino II into one ounce mini-hanks, loosely tying the hanks to avoid tangling but allowing the dye to penetrate under the ties. Soak the yarn for a least an hour in cool water.

Yarn hanks, tied and soaked before mordanting.

When using metal mordants, use a dedicated dyeing pot and utensils and take care not to inhale the powder while pouring. Measure out the alum, about 1.75tsp per 4oz of yarn, and dissolve in hot water. Fill the dye pot with plenty of cold water and stir the mordant mixture in. To improve color even more, you can also use cream of tartar dissolved in hot water before adding the alum. Once the alum is added, squeeze the excess water from the soaking skeins and place into the mordant pot. Heat the water slowing to a gentle simmer for one hour, stirring the yarns around every so often to make sure it aborbs the mordant evenly. After an hour, turn off the heat and let it sit in the water until cool. Since I'm not using cream of tartar, I let my yarn soak in the mordant overnight. Once its cool, rinse in cold water.

While my yarn is sitting in mordant, I started the dye bath. With onion skins, you'll need half the weight of the yarn in dyestuff at minimum. With 1oz of yarn, I used .5oz of onion skins. I made up a sachet by stuffing the skins into the leg of an old pair of tights, cutting and knotting the top. Fill a pot with water, add the bag of skins, and cook for at least an hour. The longer you cook the dye and the more dye material you use, the deeper the color will be. With wool, you want to cool the dye before adding yarn to prevent felting.

Cooking the dye bath. On the left, yarn soaks in the mordant pot.

Once the yarn is ready, remove the sachet from the water and add the yarn. Add more water to completely cover the yarn. The amount of water in the pot won't effect the dye's potency but you want to make sure the yarn to move around freely to help it absorb evenly. Like the mordant, you want to slowly heat the dye to a gentle simmer and stir occasional. Then just wait until the yarn is a color you're happy with! Both my samples sat in a dyepot for about an hour. Let the water cool, then remove the yarn, rinse under cool water to remove any excess dye and let dry.



The top skein was dyed without any mordant and ended in a soft golden color.  As you can see with the bottom skein, the mordant process allowed a much deeper yellow-orange color. The mordant skein will also be more color-fast and less prone to fading.


The sky is the limit with natural dyes! Try out different materials, such as flowers, berries, nuts or tree bark. My favorite resource is Wild Color by Jenny Dean, a great book with lots of techniques for making dye and a great guide to the colors plants can make.

Next week, we'll do some more kitchen dyeing with food coloring!



Monday, November 23, 2015

The Yarnbox fun begins with the unboxing

Curating each Yarnbox is such a joy for our team.  That joy is amplified every time a member receives and opens their box of yarn love.

Members all over various social medias share their unboxings with us and we love seeing each and every one of them!  On Instagram, Yarnbox member @knottykitten shared her unboxing of October's featured yarn, Andy's Merino II from Farmhouse Yarns.



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Thursday, November 19, 2015

October Classic Review: Farmhous Yarns Andy's Merino

With the changing of seasons comes the opportunity to create those winter-wear items like woolen hats, cowls, scarves and mittens.  Our October Classic box goes a long way in bringing inspiration for these projects that will keep us warm when the weather turns from summer lovin' to winter wonderland.



In October, our boxes were stuffed with three hearty skeins of Andy's Merino II from Farmhouse Yarns.  Andy, whose adorable sheepy face is pictured on each tag, is one of Carol Martin's sheep that living on her farm.  Carol's Farmhouse Yarns are made from her sheep's wool on her Connecticut farm as well as fibers from other local farms giving you a true American made yarn.  Each box came with two skeins of colored yarn and one skein of natural yarn at 175 yards each.


Andy’s Merino II is 100% merino wool, single plied and considered between worsted and aran weights.  Carol carefully vat dyes this yarn which gives each skein its rich color.  Each skein is a little different, though, depending on where in the vat it gets dyed (bottom is more saturated than those at the top) giving it a slight variegation in this semi-solid tone.  With no dye lot, each skein is truly unique.


While many chose to work with the natural skein, some others took an opportunity to dye it.  Next week, we'll talk a little bit more about that.

Our project designers in October created quite a frenzy among our members with their gorgeous designs.  The warm and cozy Koselig Capelet by Taylor Tengelson was the go-to pattern for crocheters.  There wasn't a color it didn't look good in.


Laura Birek designed this Idyllwild hat pattern that combines a beautiful braided brim and brioche cap for a warm and cozy hat for those cold winter months.  It brought such great inspiration to our knitters that we started a Brioche Learn-A-Long thread on Ravelry so everyone could help and cheer each other on with their projects.


Join us on Ravelry on our October Classic 2015 thread and share with us your projects using Andy's Merino!


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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Delight Yarn Lovers with a Holiday Yarn Gift Box

So there's someone in your life you know loves to knit or crochet (or maybe both) and you want to give them a gift this holiday that will make them squeal with delight.  We've made that an easy job for you this year with Holiday Yarn Gift Boxes from Yarnbox!

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Choose from our selection of specially curated Yarnbox sets priced at $25, $50 and $100 from three dyers we know you'll love: Sweet Georgia, The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze, and Anzula.  You get to pick the color for your box and each box includes patterns. 

Only available for a limited time while supplies last!  Order yours at https://yarnbox.com/holiday/ today!  Orders begin shipping December 1st to arrive in time for the holidays.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Warming Up with October's Yarnbox Plus+ Artyarns

Our newest quarterly subscription box brings so much excitement to our members and all of us here at Yarnbox.  In July, Artyarns gave us three mini skeins of Regal Silk plus a mini skein of Beaded Silk Light.  In October, we could feel all the squeezing being done by our members with the lucious merino wool and cashmere blend of Big Merino Cloud.






Perfect for those fall and winter accessories, Big Merino Cloud is a super soft combination of 80% merino wool and 20% cashmere that makes you smile when you feel it.  Great to work with, even better to wear!




Iris Schreier and Artyarns offered us three rich color pairings for our Plus box that evoke the colors around us in the autumn season.  The first, Mossy (pictured first above) reminds us of when the leaves first reach the season: still with their color but becoming richer in anticipation for colder temperatures.  Fungi (pictured just above) moves us farther into the season when the leaves turn their rich brown and orange shades that we only get to see for just a short time till they fall from the tree limbs.  And finally, we have Morning Frost (pictured below) that signals to us the end of the season and the approach of winter.  All perfect times to wear your Big Merino Cloud accessories!




What makes Yarnbox Plus+ Artyarns unique is that these color parings from Artyarns are exclusive to Yarnbox and can only be purchased through your Plus+ subscription.  Also an exclusive treat for this box is a custom pattern from Iris Schreier!  Iris's Autumn Arbor Hat and Mitts pattern enhances the true depth of these colors in each skein.




Keep an eye out in mid-December for your next opportunity to subscribe to this box and join the fun in this exclusive Yarnbox subscription featuring wonderful treats from Iris Schreier and Artyarns!



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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

October Socks Review: Coopknits Socks Yeah!

What happens when you take a favorite knit sock designer and pair it with her own brand of sock yarn?  You get Socks Yeah! from Rachel Coopey and Coop Knits.  And all of us Yarnbox members were the first to get to play with this new yarn line (YAY!).  


http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/coopknits-socks-yeah


It was quite the honor to launch this Rachel's new yarn line in October and bring a brand new yarn to our members.   The 75% fine superwash merino wool and 25% nylon is light to the touch and easily glides across the needles making for a divine sock knitting experience.


http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/coopknits-socks-yeah


We couldn't send out yarn from Coop Knits and not send out another wonderful Rachel Coopey sock pattern!  There is no wrong color to go with this Tavia sock patter.  The cables within the pattern give a fun texture to this smooth, heathered yarn. 




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Thursday, October 29, 2015

On the Hook: Crocheting with Tencel from Teresa Ruch Designs

In September, we featured this lovely hand dyed 100% tencel yarn from Teresa Ruch Designs.  The color and shine caused a lot of chatter among our members on Ravelry as everyone planned their next project.  Many mentioned they had worked with a tencel-blend yarn in the past but most had not worked with a yarn entirely made of tencel.  This was my first experience with 100% tencel as well and I have to say, it was quite a treat!

http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/brands/teresa-ruch-designs


Tencel (also called lyocel) is a man made fiber that is created from wood pulp.  Yes, wood pulp.  It is an environmentally friendly cellulosic fiber that acts like other plant-based fibers.  Absorbent and breathable, it can be used like silk or bamboo and has a lustrous shine to it.  And just by holding it, you can tell that this yarn will have incredible drape.


http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/yarnbox/3280192/1-25


One of the biggest questions asked by our members was, how do I block tencel?  Do you soak it?  Spray blocking?  Steam?  What would be best to showcase this gorgeous fiber?  I did some research and didn't come up with a definitive answer.  Some said soaking was best while others suggested a spray blocking.   So I did what we should do when faced with such a question: test out my desired method on a test swatch.

I promised our members that I'd create a bonus pattern with Teresa Ruch's yarn so I already had a gauge swatch to test my blocking.  After watching this video from Knitting Daily, I saw how the tencel behaved when wet.  When dry, it's very strong and when wet, it stays very strong.  I decided that I would try to soak and block the swatch.




On the left is a swatch from the pattern that has not been blocked.  On the right is my gauge swatch that I soaked and then aggressively blocked (I figured, if I'm going to block it, I might as well see how far I can go with it).  The tencel held up beautifully with the soak.  The fiber stayed nice and strong.  My stitches opened up giving me a lacy look.  And my yarn's shine was still very much there.  Big win for the tencel!

Now on to that pattern I promised...




With this yarn, I wanted to design a scarf using an open stitch that would allow the yarn to drape.  After playing with some stitches, I settled on a double crochet cross stitch where you skip a chain, double crochet in the next chain, then work behind that stitch and double crochet in the skipped chain.




As I stitched away, I thought about what to do for the edging.  I liked the way each row finished off so I really just needed to focus on the ends of the scarf.  As the silky texture of the yarn slipped through my fingers, beads came to mind.  Just a little extra sparkle would be a great pairing for this scarf.




Before I give you the pattern, I'd like to leave you with a couple notes.

I didn't block my finished scarf as aggressively as I did my gauge swatch.  I wanted it to still have that slinky drape.  When blocking, my width didn't stay exactly where I blocked it.  It relaxed about an inch.  I think part of this is because of the yarn and part is because of the stitch itself.  The cross stitch has a little stretch to it (which you will see when working it up).  But like I said, I still wanted my scarf to have that slinkiness to it so it's not that big of a deal.  The yarn holds the blocking well and I'm quite happy with it.

Also, tencel is crazy thirsty.  It immediately soaked up the water and went to the bottom of my tub.  I expected it to take a long time to finish drying but much to my surprise, it didn't take longer than most other yarns.

The scarf was designed using the Tencel 3/2 DK weight yarn but you can easily use the Tencel 5/2 lace/light fingering weight with a smaller hook and smaller beads.  With the lighter weight yarn, you can choose to make your project wider for more of a wrap than a scarf.

There are a few different ways to add beads to your crochet and knit projects.  My favorite is to use a string of Super Floss and add the beads when I need them.  Watch this video to learn more about this beading method.

I hope you enjoy your finished scarf as much as I enjoy mine!  It's becoming one of my favorite accessories!




Crisscross Applesauce Scarf
by Aimee Hansen

Materials:
Size H crochet hook
Size G crochet hook
Teresa Ruch Designs Tencel 3/2 DK Yarn
Size 6 seed beads (optional)

Pattern Notes:
In this pattern, we will make the double crochet cross stitch.  First, you skip a chain or stitch and double crochet in the next chain.  Then, working behind the stitch you just made, double crochet in the chain or stitch that you skipped.

The chain 3 at the beginning of each row counts as the first double crochet of that row BUT the chain 1 at the the beginning of the row does not count as a single crochet.

Gauge:
In double crochet cross stitch pattern, 11 pattern stitches across x 7 rows high = 4"x4".  Because of the stretchiness of this stitch, gauge is not important.

Adjustments:
To make the scarf wider, increase beginning chain by a multiple of 4.

If you would like to use the lace/light fingering weight and make a wrap, use a size F or G hook depending on how open you'd like your stitches.  Increase the beginning chain by 4 chains to the size of your liking.  Continue the pattern repeats till your piece is as long as you'd like.  Do not change your hook size for the last row of edging.  For beads, use size 8 or 10 seed beads.

Finished Measurements:  Approximately 75" long x 8" wide unblocked; 92" long x 9" wide blocked.

Abbreviations:
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet


Pattern:

With H hook, ch 36. 

Row 1:  DC in the 5th ch from hook (the 4 skipped changes count as first dc and one skipped chain).  Working behind the last st, dc in the skipped ch.  *Skip 1 ch.  DC in the next ch.  Working behind the last st, dc in the skipped ch.  Repeate from * to last ch.  DC in the last ch.  Turn. (32 stitches; 16 cross stitches)

Round 2:  Ch 3.  *Skip the next st.  DC in the next st.  Working behind the last st, dc in the skipped st.  Repeat from * to the last st.  DC in top ch of the turning ch.  Turn. (32 stitches; 16 cross stitches)

Rows 3-120:   Repeat row 2.  On the last row, continue on to edging.  (32 stitches; 16 cross stitches)


Edging

Row 1:  Ch 1.  Sc in the first st.  *Ch 3.  Add a bead to the loop on your hook.  Skip 2 stitches.  SC in the next st.  Repeat from * across.  Turn.  (12 single crochets, 11 ch 3 spaces)

Row 2:  Ch 1.  Sc in the first st.  Ch 1.  Add a bead to the loop on your hook.  Sc in the middle ch of the next ch 3 space.  *Ch 3.  Add a bead to the loop on your hook.  SC in the middle ch of the next ch 3 space.  Repeat from * across.  Ch 1.  Sc in the last st.  Turn.  (13 single crochets, 10 ch 3 spaces, 2 ch 1 spaces)

Row 3:  Ch 1.  Sc in the first st.  *Ch 3.  Add a bead to the loop on your hook.  Skip 1 sc.  SC in the middle ch of the next ch 3 space.  Repeat from * across.  Turn.  (12 single crochets, 11 ch 3 spaces)

Rows 4-6:  Repeat rows 2 and 3 one time.  Repeat row 2 one more time.

Row 7:  With your G hook, ch 1.  Sc in first st.  *Ch 2.  Add a bead to the loop on your hook.  Sl st in the back ridge of the last ch made.  Ch 1.  Add a bead to the loop on your hook. Sc in the middle ch of the next ch 3 space.  Repeat from * across.  Ch 3.  Sc in last st.  Fasten off.

Turn your piece and join your yarn to the bottom ch of the first row's beginning ch 3.  Repeat rows 1-7 of edging.  Fasten off.  Weave in all ends.



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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

September Classic Review: Teresa Ruch Designs Tencel

One of my favorite things about Yarnbox is how it pushes us all to try something we may not have thought to try.  That was the case with our September Classic box featuring Teresa Ruch's Tencel 5/2 light fingering weight and Tencel 3/2 DK weight yarns.  Not a fiber blend with tencel in it but yarn made of 100% silky tencel.  What a treat!


Tencel is a man-made natural fiber created from wood pulp.  It has a slippery texture kind of like silk and bamboo with a glorious shine to it.  It's a durable fiber and a great non-wool alternative for warmer climates.  This tencel has incredible drape to it making it perfect for garments, shawls and scarves.  Teresa Ruch hand dyes her yarns in rich colors that glow under the yarn's sheen.  The color received many delightful squeals from our members.  I heard one refer to the pearl as liquid silver. 



Since there were two different yarn weights this month, we featured two different knit patterns as well as a crochet pattern for the DK weight.  I'll post an additional crochet pattern that I've been working on next week on our blog.

Kristin Hansen designed this elegant Late Summer Shawl with the light fingering weight tencel.  This pattern's stitch work is the perfect compliment to any of the above colorways resulting in a finished piece that could be worn as a shawl or a scarf.


Our second knit pattern was the Shifted Cowl designed by Andrea Sanchez.  Worked in the round, this pattern features panels of both lace and cables worked in the DK weight tencel.


Designer Marie Segares joins us with her crochet pattern, Ella's Rhythm Shawl, with the DK weight tencel.  Using an easy to remember stitch pattern, the design is ideal for advanced beginners and anyone wanting a pattern where the stitch work highlights the yarn's beauty.


So many wonderful options with tencel!  If you missed the September Classic box, check out the Overstock Shop to see what goodies you can add to your stash. 


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Thursday, October 8, 2015

September Luxe Musings: Clever Camel

This September shipment of Luxe marks a full first year for this subscription! Our first Luxe shipment, which was sent out in September 2014, featured beautiful 100% Mongolian Cashmere from Jade Sapphire. Since then, we've been sending out beautiful blended fibers and unique 100% exotic fibers once a quarter to members all over the globe, and pairing them with useful tools, notions and extras.


While, when you count them up, there have only been five Luxe shipments, each one has been something fresh and new for many of our members, and this September Luxe is no exception. Featuring five skeins of 100% Camel fiber from Jones & Vandermeer, this box is packed to the gills and sure to surprise even knitters who have been at it a long time! I personally had never felt camel fiber (outside the occasional camel coat) until the samples for this box arrived, and was surprised to feel how soft, silky and beautiful it is in person. Jones & Vandermeer specialize, kind of like Yarnbox, in searching the globe for beautiful, sustainable fibers of the highest quality to introduce to their customers.


Clever Camel has 110 yards per fluffy skein, giving each of our members a total of 550 yards to play with. We chose from the sophisticated palette offered four of our favorites. The pattern is showing in Light Natural, the color of the animals themselves, and topped with Snowden Grey, Poppy and Agate.


Speaking of the pattern -- the talented Toby Roxane Barna joined us for this box, creating a basic and beautiful wrap with lace details that will transition beautifully into Fall and through Winter as a scarf. Desert Dunes is squishy, soft, and warm -- we had a great time styling this in the photoshoot and it was hard to take it off at the end!


Of course, no Yarnbox Luxe shipment isn't complete without absolutely divine extras. This quarter we were pleased to be able to deliver a Sirka counter to each member of Yarnbox Luxe. These handy tools work for knitters as well as crocheters, counting off several steps in a single project, tracking three separate projects on a single counter, or just keeping track of some rows! If you got the Sirka counter and still need help, be sure to check out the Tutorials section of the Sirka website.  Included on the packaging of each Sirka counter was a code for a discount on a matching Bento Box. These Bento boxes are a great way to store your Sirka (although it will survive alone as well, being made out of extra-sturdy plastic!)


We were also able to feature some beautiful, lightly-scented handmade soaps from one of our members! It's always exciting when a member is able to be featured as a designer, dyer, or extra provider. Paula Capasso has been a long-time Yarnbox member and now her beautiful, homemade soaps were featured in miniature form in every September Luxe box. Paula developed the light and soothing Chamomile & Lanolin scent especially for us. You can find more of her soaps through her Etsy shop, Hickory Hollow Soap


All in all, we couldn't be more pleased and excited to be starting out another year of Luxe, and we have some beautiful surprises in store for December's shipment, too. Starting in December, ALL Luxe boxes will now feature both a knitting and crochet pattern! 

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