Yarn Crush Review - August 2015 - Canadian Knitting Subscription Box + PROMO

This box was provided complimentary for review.
 

What is it? Yarn Crush 
How Much? $32.99/month or $34.99/bi-monthly, + tax & $8.50 shipping   (US$) 
What’s in it? At least 1 full-sized skein of yarn, pattern for a small to medium knitting project, notions to complete the project, and a fun bonus gift!  

Yarn Crush is a new subscription box for knitters, based in Pickering Ontario. August is their inaugural box. Each month you’ll receive at least one or two full-sized skeins of yarn, along with a beautiful knitting pattern, designed by Yarn Crush. You will also receive fun or useful extras. The retail value of what you receive every month is always guaranteed to be higher than the subscription price, so no matter what, you'll always get a great deal!

Yarn Crush includes high-quality, beautiful yarns from indie dyers, small businesses, and also well-known yarn brands. Along with the pattern included in the box, Yarn Crush also sources other patterns, for knitting and crocheting, that will work perfectly with the month's yarn selection and posts them on the Yarn Crush blog. While the box is aimed at knitters, crocheters can also benefit from Yarn Crush. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to see the alternative patters for August.

There is no product card, but you can find more detail about each product, along with additional pattern ideas, on the Yarn Crush website. Click here to see all about the August box.

I'm not a knitter, so for this review, I elicited the help of my needle-crafting mother. Also, Yarn Crush bills in US dollars (which is unfortunate, given that they are a Canadian company), so all pricing for this review is in US dollars as well). 

Oroya Lace Beaded Shawl Pattern & Digital Download ($5.99)
Oroya is an airy lace shawl inspired by the leaves of the Oroya Peruviana cactus. It’s dappled with tiny seed beads along the bottom edge that perfectly catch the sunlight. 
Along with the printed version of this pattern, we also received a PDF, plus a free digital download from the needle-craft onilne community, Ravelry. My mom is a Ravelry member so she was able to download the pattern and add it to her Ravelry library. She said it's a tough pattern; definitely not for beginners.   

Sweet Georgia Merino/Silk Lace in Melon ($39 CDN, $29 US)
Silky, shiny, springy and glossy, this yarn is a heavier 2-ply laceweight is perfect for lace knitting.
This lace yarn is beautiful. It's 50% merino wool and 50% silk. It's soft and lightweight. I don't like the colour, but my mom thought it was nice and summery. Sweet Georgia is a Canadian company and they are based in my hometown of Vancouver! The $39 price of this skein is Canadian dollars (as per the Sweet Georgia website), which today works out to just over $29 US. Sweet Georgia also has Yarn Subscriptions that are pretty affordable for Canadians. Click here to find out more about the Sweet Georgia's Club Subscriptions.

Row Counter with Backlight ($5.99)
A digital row counter ring that you can wear around your finger as you knit. It includes an LED back-light so you can count your rows even in dim lighting, and it counts up to 5 digits.
My mom says this is a very useful item, especially with the back-light.

Seed Beads in Mojito (30g, $1.99)
We packed 30g of #10 seed beads in a color chosen to pair beautifully with your yarn, packed in cute little glass vials. Subscribers received beads in either Mojito, Sea Glass, or Lilac. Also included was enough 30 gauge wire to make a few threaders to add the beads to the shawl.
My mom has never used beads in knitting before, so she will be sure to check out the totorial Yarn Crush posted on their blog.

The inaugural Yarn Crush box included a shawl pattern with the yarn and accessories required to complete the project. It's a well curated collection. The merino silk lace yarn included is beautiful. My mom lives on Vancouver Island so we collaborated for the review via e-mail, but she can't wait to get her hands on all the goodies in this box. Right off the bat, the Row Counter will prove very useful. I'm hoping she can figure out the pattern and make the shawl for me... or with winter coming, maybe this one instead. The retail value of the items in this box is just under $43 US. This box costs $32.99 US, so the value guarantee is met. Unfortunately for Canadians, the box cost is actually over $45 US when you add in HST and shipping. In Canadian dollars today, it's just under $60.

Yarn Crush is currently running a promo - sign up and receive free shipping on your first month. That's a savings of $8.50.

Click here to check out Yarn Crush.


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