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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