Monthly Knitting Santa – KnitCrate Review

Thank you for your amazing birthday wishes yesterday! I haven’t been well 100% lately and your kind words definitely helped, I really appreciate it!

This weekend I got a special surprise package in my mail from KnitCrate, a subscription box yarn club for yarn lovers and fiber artists. They asked me to review one of their surprise packages. First I researched about the company and what it is all about and thought that their concept is very interesting and you will like it.

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KnitCrate is like a year-long yarn Santa for you πŸ™‚ If you become a member of a club, each month you will receive a surprise box with some very delicious goodies inside. You won’t know what’s in there until you open it – pretty exciting, right?!

There are several subscription plans available. Let me break it down for you:

  • KnitCrate for knitters with some experience –Β you will receive surprise premium yarn, a pattern or two, some cute bonus items and promo codes for exclusive discounts in different fiber related online shops!

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KnitCrate Sock

  • Learning series KnitCrate – if you want to learn the basics of the knitting, but don’t have a plan, then this package will be exactly what you need. Each month you will receive instructional videos, a simple pattern, tools and yarn, of course. So, basically each month you learn something new!

KnitCrate Newbies

KnitCrate Sock Newbies

I received a standard KnitCrateΒ for knitters withΒ some experience. It was pretty exciting to open the box and have absolutely no idea what I’ll find there.

Here is what I got (It’s not a January box, so I won’t spoil the surprise for anybody πŸ™‚ )

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2 skeins of SilverSpun yarn from Feel Good Yarn Company, Trellis Tam pattern by Wendy D. Johnson and some fun extras – tiny snip scissors that fit easily in any project bag and row counter to keep track of my knitting progress; plus promo codes for free shipping at Feel Good Yarn Company and 20% off the entire website The Buffalo Wool Co.

First I am going to tell you about the yarn and then will list pros and cons of such subscription box.

SilverSpun isn’t just a beautiful metaphorical name, this yarn is actually spun with silver! For me that was definitely a big surprise, I’ve never worked with anything like this before. It has 5% of silver interwoven with 87% of combed cotton, 5% Nylon and 3% Spandex.

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Feel Good Yarn Company claims that silver content in their yarns is therapeutic, inhibits the growth of odor causing bacteria, nontoxic and perfect for those suffering from arthritis and sensitive skin. The silver will not wash out of the yarn. Sounds amazing, right?

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This is the second time I get the combed cotton and I can say only good things about it – it is really soft and doesn’t feel stiff at all. If you’ve never worked with plant fibers before, but would love to give it a try, combed cotton is great to start with!

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OK, now let’s see what pros and cons surprise subscription has for you

PROs
CONs

  • Surprise. You don’t know what you’ll get. The surprise part is so exciting!! You never know what you’ll find in the box.
  • Yarns. Each month you get new premium yarn from a different company. KnitCrate works with indie dyers and big yarn companies; well established and emerging fiber artists. Most probably you wouldn’t even try those yarns on your own, but this way each month you will surprised by new fiber in your hands.
  • New patterns and techniques. Sometimes we stay away from some patterns/projects just because we’ve never done them before. But if you already have the pattern, let’s say with new to you fair isle technique, you might as well try it out and see how it goes – who knows, maybe you’ll fall in love with it!
  • Price. Better prices – the retail value of each box is always bigger than what you pay for subscription.
  • Cancel any time. You don’t have to subscribe to 12 months, if you don’t want to, try one, two, three months and see if it works for you.
  • Bonus codes. Really nice exclusive discounts on yarn and notions.
  • Makes great gifts for fiber enthusiasts. A surprise box at your door each month is the perfect gift for your friends who love knitting!

 

  • Surprise. You don’t know what you’ll get. If you don’t like the idea of “a pig in a poke” for your yarn stash and you always HAVE TO know what you are getting, then this package is not for you.
  • Yarns. If you have strong preferences in yarn, such as: you never work with plant fibers or vice versa you are allergic to animal fibers, then you probably won’t enjoy every single package.
  • New patterns and techniques. If you have a pretty small list of things that your prefer to knit and you are not excited about anything else than them, then you probably won’t use all the patterns that come with your monthly package. But you are free to use it for any other project that you like! I, for example, doubt that I will knit a suggested pattern, but I am already excited to try this yarn for some experimenting.
  • Price. If you promised yourself not to spend any money on new yarn for some time, then this is obviously not for you.
  • Bonus codes. Discounts are so good that you will want to use them and enhance your stash even more!

 

 

 


So, if after reading pros and cons, you decide that you want to indulge yourself and receive a surprise box full of knit goodies, here is the promo code you can useΒ – GOK20.Β This will give you 20% off your first KnitCrate, which makes it a great price for high quality yarns, patterns and other fun that comes along with it!

Let me know, please, what you think about the idea getting a surprise knitting package every month? Do you like the element of surprise or you prefer always know what you are getting?

Will definitely check all the fun projects you are working on in Yarn Along!

Have a great Wednesday!


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22 Comments

  1. Happy birthday my dear! I have totally lost track of that day it is lately…. I wish you the very best!!! Have fun with your box πŸ˜‰

  2. Very cool! How jealous I am that you got to try such a nifty service!

    I do hope you had the very best of birthdays (involving lots of chocolate…)

    Much love!

  3. I think it would be so much fun to get these packages in the mail if someone else paid for my subscription. πŸ™‚ Otherwise I would have to hide it from my husband. He already thinks I have too much yarn. LOL.

  4. ooh, that yarn looks amazing! I had no idea that silver spun yarn had so many wonderful attributes, i thought it was just to add some sparkle! Very cool. I will have to check Knitcrate out!

  5. What fun to be able to review such a neat service. I have looked into this as well, just haven’t decided if it’s right for me or not yet. And I do hope you are feeling better and had a wonderful birthday!!

    • Thank you so much, Shannon! I am happy to review such a great knit product, it is definitely worth a shoutout! I am feeling worse actually, but I am getting there πŸ™‚ Thank you for your kind wishes.

  6. I hope that you managed to enjoy your birthday! Thank you for the thorough review. I am kind of undecided on whether a subscription would be a good fit for me. Although I love the idea of being surprised, I know how picky I can be with yarn color and fiber. On the other hand, releasing a little control could be a wonderful way to experiment with yarns that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to knit with. That’s always a good thing!

    • Thank you, dear Tien! I know it can be very hard to buy something with “closed eyes”, but surprise part is so worth it πŸ™‚ I know that I will always find the use for any yarn!

  7. Thanks for the lovely review, as always. I have wondered about silver-spiked yarn for a while now and this brand is new to me. I hope you are feeling better and that this belated happy birthday wish reaches you well πŸ™‚

  8. Thanks for the thorough review. That yarn looks interesting! What will you knit with it? Happy Belated birthday!

    • Thank you so much, Christine! I always let yarn in my stash for a while, before I decide what to make with it – this way I get to “know” it much better before casting on πŸ™‚

  9. Oh I would love yarn in the mail πŸ™‚ for me! Happy birthday and I hope you feel better soon.

  10. By the by, I love the new look of your site–very sleek and well thought-out. Nice work on the revamp!

  11. Hmm very interesting concept! It does really appeal to me I have to say, but I happen to fall into that category of knitters that promised herself to go a bit easier on the buying of new yarns front unfortunately.

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