Thursday, January 28, 2016

December Classic Review: Rocking the Wool

We closed out 2015 in a big way with a Yarnbox Classic full of yarn from Rocking the Wool!  Megan from Rocking the Wool is an artisan hand dyer out of the Chicago area. Using 100% Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTs) certified organic merino wool, each skein is dyed using low impact dyes that are heavy metal-free acid and environmentally friendly.

What’s so special about the GOTs certification? It means that, from start to finish, you have a yarn that is environmentally conscious. This is the best organic textile standard that you’ll find in the world. This link will bring you to a great break down of all the environmental criteria a yarn must adhere to receive a GOTs certification.

We sent out Rocking the Wool in two bases: sports (328 yards per skein) and bulky (134 yards per skein). Each skein is 100 grams of 100% Merino Wool. With a luscious 3 skeins in each box, sport weight recipients received 984 yards and bulky recipients received 402 yards of super squishy yarn.

Each skein of Rocking the Wool is kettle dyed in small batches meaning that no two skeins are exactly alike.  Dying in small batches gives some colors a subtle, semi-solid look while others are more variegated and others may seem to stripe. This is definitely one of those yarns you want to alternate between skeins while knitting and crocheting for even color distribution.  We chose several colors to ship in our December box, each so lovely and luscious! 

Top Row (Brights): Marina Blue, Shady Grove, Teal for Real, Jemima
Middle Row (Muted): Silver Birch, Minty, Eucalyptus, Koala Gray
Bottom Row (could be bright or muted): Coral Reef, Daintree, Wheat Fields, Sunset Clouds

We were spoiled by Talitha Kuomi with her patterns, Nkata, a stylish tank knitted in the round with the sport weight merino, and Tordre, a lace and cable scarf made with the bulky merino.

We were equally spoiled by Leslie Rueff who has created two fun patterns for our members with the Hera Hat using the sport weight yarn and the Modern Mobius using the bulky weight yarn.

It is such an extraordinary honor for all of us here at Yarnbox to bring our members incredible new yarns each and every month.  Join is in all this yarntastic fun and get your Yarnbox Classic subscription today!
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Friday, January 22, 2016

Yarnbox 2015 Winter KAL/CAL

Our 2015 Winter KAL/CAL has come to an end and, once again, our members have impressed us beyond belief with each and every completed piece.  In total, an amazing 184 projects were completed with yarn sent through various Yarnbox subscriptions.  From our monthly Classic and Socks subscriptions along with our quarterly Luxe and Plus+ Artyarns options, we've had a wonderful time celebrating once again all the joy that comes with each Yarnbox.

Members submitted their finished projects to 5 different prize categories:

Around the Collar: scarves, cowls, shawls, ponchos
Tip Your Hat: hats and other headwear
Hand in Hand: mittens, gloves, fingerless mitts
Cozy Toesies: socks, socks and socks! And slippers and anything for the feet, too!
Sweater Weather: sweaters and anything with sleeves

Today, we're excited to announce our winners chosen at random from each category!

Around the Collar winner pknitter1957 on Ravelry and her Imagine Cashmere project made with 100% Cashmere Signature Edition Yarnbox Exclusive from Lux Adorna Knits (formerly Pepperberry Knits) from our July 2015 Yarnbox Classic box.  Her prize is a Starry Summer Nights Shawl Kit in Blues from Artyarns & a bar of Hickory Hollow Green Tea Honey & Lemongrass soap.

Cozy Toesies winner chaskaccrunner on Ravelry and her Sleep Over Slippers made with Andy’s Merino II from Farmhouse Yarns from our October 2015 Yarnbox Classic box.  Her prize is Pashm Yarn from Ewetopia (2 skeins) (80% Superwash Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon - 220 yds/4oz) & a bar of Hickory Hollow Green Tea Honey & Lemongrass soap.

Hand in Hand winner stickrista on Ravelry with her Strappy Green Gloves in Rustic DK from Neighborhood Fiber Co. from our October 2014 Yarnbox Classic box.  Her prize is a $30 Credit for Seven Sisters Arts Online Shop & a bar of Hickory Hollow Green Tea Honey & Lemongrass soap

Tip Your Hat winner tandmglennon on Ravelry with her Zea Hat made in Bugga! from The Verdant Gryphon from our August 2015 Yarnbox Classic.  Her prize is Rocking the Wool Bulky in Thunderstorm (3 skeins) & a bar of Hickory Hollow Green Tea Honey & Lemongrass soap.

Sweater Weather winner swtrgrl on Ravelry with her Raspberry Beret -- Not!! in Carpet Bag from Mrs. Crosby from our June 2015 Yarnbox Classic box.  She won a Sirka Counter with Bento Box & a bar of Hickory Hollow Green Tea Honey & Lemongrass soap.

Our finished objects (FO) thread is still up on Ravelry here.  I highly recommend taking a look at all the different projects completed for your future project inspiration.  I know that my personal queue is about to fill up even more because of this event!

We hope you'll join us for our next event which will be both a knit and crochet learn-a-long in various levels.  More details to be announced soon!
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Thursday, January 14, 2016

December Luxe Musings: Kismet

Our last Yarnbox Luxe of 2015 left us exploring the rich colors of an exotic yarn blended with a combination of merino wool and delicate silk.  And, for the first time since we began our Luxe subscription, the inclusion of a crochet pattern!

It truly was kismet when we discovered Kismet Fiber Works and their luxurious Sleek DK yarn.  It's gentle touch within your hands will bring a smile to your face and have you dreaming of what it will become.

Kismet Fiber Works hails from Buchanan, Virginia where Angie LeNoir and Stephanie Stotts create incredible colors to hand dye their luxurious yarn. Angie and Stephanie’s specially developed solid, tonal colors will give your finished projects a one of a kind look. They locally source their yarn from a Virginia company as well as from their own family farm and also procure fibers from a Women’s Cooperative in Tajikistan.

Kismet's Sleek DK is a lovely blend of 50% silk and 50% superwash merino wool that could be considered DK weight to some and a light worsted to others. Each skein is 230 yards and with 3 skeins in every box, our members received a total of 690 yards for the next project destined for your needles and hooks.

Colors from Left to right: Smoked Paprika, Larc Song, So Fresh, Onyx, Blue Ridge Banjo, Beaujolais

Joining us with their design talents for this box are two incredible designers.  On the crochet side, Angèle Lumière created the December Beret & Cowl set, a pattern that is complete with hand drawn chart to aide in following the pattern.  On the knit side, Stephannie Tallent created the Coask Oak Cowl and Hat patterns using an Aran lace cable along with others giving us both written instructions and a chart.

Since we celebrated having both knit and crochet patterns in our Luxe box, we searched for a tool that would be useful for both arts. And that’s when we discovered this great gauge multi-tool from Katy Westcott and her shop Katrinkles! Made from birch, the holes in the gauge are marked for knitting needle sizes 000000 to 50 and crochet hooks sizes B through P where applicable.  We also included samples of Unicorn Fibre’s wool detergent from three of their wash lines: Power Scour, Fibre Wash, and Fibre Rinse. We know you’ll love these washes to give your fibers the extra special care they deserve.  Shipped separately was a fabulous stitch marker from Bling Your String that work both for knitting and crocheting.

Just two weeks till our next set of Yarnbox Luxe subscriptions open up!  Grab yours while you can!
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

WIPWednesday: Jade Sapphire, Neighborhood Fiber Co. & Farmhouse Yarns

Many of us find time in our days to knit and crochet at least a little bit but Wednesdays are the day we celebrate our works in progress!  Here are just a few projects our members have on their needles and hooks.

Our members are in the home stretch of our Winter KAL/CAL!  Martha is using her Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere from our very first Yarnbox Luxe to knit the Lansbury cowl by Shannon Cook.

It's never too late to pull out a fabulous yarn from the past and make it something great!  Our member, Sharon, just started the Kærlig fingerless mitts by Ysolda Teague using Neighborhood Fiber Co. Rustic Fingering from our October 2014 Classic Yarnbox.

Another great WIP comes from our member, Erin, who is working up Janet Brani's Faux Purls hat, which came with the April 2015 Yarnbox Classic, with her Farmhouse Yarns' Andy's Merino II from our October Classic box.

What are you working on this WIPWednesday?  Share them with us in our Ravelry Group, and on Instagram (@yarnbox), Facebook and Twitter (@myyarnbox).  We love to see what you're knitting and crocheting!
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

December Socks Review: Louet

In December, we sent our members a little something different in their Yarnbox Socks boxes.  We didn't send just one skein of great sock yarn, we sent 3 for a fabulous set of stripey socks!  And best yet, the yarn comes to us from Louet, a company with a long history of creating beautiful yarns for all of us.

Louet is known for offering exceptional fibers in incredible colors. Their Gems Fingering is 100% merino wool that is plied making it more of a heavy fingering. Fitting for socks to wear this time of year! Each skein is 185 yards and each box had 3 skeins in coordinating colors giving our members an amazing 555 yards to work with!

We chose four color sets for our members to create their next pair of warm, toasty socks!

Top Row (Bright): Red + Peacock + Fluorescent Green; Teal + Lavender + Mint
Bottom Row (Muted): Brick + Heron Grey + Limestone; Blush + Cloud Grey + Olive or Fern

There was a little something extra in each box this month: Stitch markers from Crows Nest Wool! Yarnbox member Holly Price shares with us her line of seasonal stitch markers to keep our members on track when making their socks.

Paired with these great skeins was an equally fabulous pattern.  Our very own Yarnbox member, Jessica K. Larson of GooseBear Knits, designed the Tilson sock pattern with its transitional stripes and afterthought heel.  It's been so much fun seeing our members finish them in all the different color groupings!

Create your own stripe combination with skeins of Louet from our Overstock Shop!
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