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September 2015 Yarnbox: Shiny!

Can you believe it the end of September? October is right around the corner! This only means one thing: the weather is perfect for crocheting. Haha, not that I wasn’t crocheting all summer long, but with bigger pieces, it can get hot. Hot and heavy. ….ah… I’m terrible.

Anyway, this month’s yarn is super pretty and different. Firstly, it’s in my favorite color (purple). Secondly, it’s not only soft, but also shiny. Lastly, it’s made from a material called tencel, which is fiber created from wood! Isn’t that neat?

This is from Teresa Ruch Designs in Oregon. Subscribers got two 312 yard skeins of 100% tencel yarn in DK weight. This would make a really nice shawl.

Until next time, happy crocheting!


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August 2015 Yarnbox

Welcome to September! I was a little busy at the end of August, so there’s a bit of delay with this box post. No worries, because here we are.

Moving into fall, I think this is the perfect colored yarn.

The yarn this month is from The Verdant Gryphon. They have a fantastic logo! I received two 412yd skeins of sport weight (it’s called Bugga yarn) in the color Saturday Night. It’s 70% merino wool, 20% cashmere, and 10% mylon.

The featured designer this month for crochet is Katya Novikova. It’s pretty!

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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July 2015 Yarnbox

Yarnbox is having a KAL/CAL with their May and June yarn! Basically, you just make a sweater with the yarn. Yay! I will be participating! (I know, I don’t have the best track record with CALs, but I love trying.) I’ve decided to make this sweater with the yarn from June. 🙂 Who’s excited?!

And speaking of Yarnbox, they did really well for their July box.

Yarnbox is a subscription box just for yarn that starts at $35.95/month depending on the plan you choose. This is the classic box with a preference on crocheting (sometimes that makes a difference).

CASHMERE. It’s cashmere yarn.

Pepperberry Knits made a Yarnbox exclusive yarn. 100% cashmere, sport weight, 200 yards each, 2 skeins. ❤ It’s love.

There are also patterns for some shawls designed by Mary Beth Temple.

I’m so excited about this!

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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June 2015 Yarnbox!

Before we begin, it was my birthday two days ago. I’m now 27. I almost forgot how old I was, and had to do the math out. It’s just that 27 doesn’t seem like a very significant number, such as 13, 18, 21, or 30. Even 25 was more interesting: a quarter of a century! For my birthday, my boyfriend and I traveled to Vermont, and it was most wonderful. That is why I’m only now writing about the Yarnbox, as it’s been a little busy.

Now, back to the yarn.

Yarnbox is a subscription box just for yarn that starts at $35.95/month depending on the plan you choose. This is the classic box with a preference on crocheting (sometimes that makes a difference).

This month is a nice change from the mostly neutral colored yarn I’ve been getting. It is from Mrs. Crosby, and it’s their “Carpet Bag” yarn. Haha, what a funny name. It’s DK weight 80% superwash merino wool and 20% silk = SOFT. Subscribers got two skeins of 240 yards each in Sunset Regatta. The pattern provided this month is from Sara Peterson with a little shawl.

Not bad this month, Yarnbox. 🙂

Until next time, happy crocheting!


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May 2015 Yarnbox!

Today is a bit of a time cramp for me. For the first time in months, I set an alarm to wake me up. :O The horror. Hahaha. The late shift work schedule is really different. I did manage to get a lot done! Mainly, because I’ll be going on a weekend trip with the family, so there’s a lot of prepare for.

Yesterday, the May Yarnbox came in the mail. It’s really neutral, but the pattern seems pretty sweet.

Yarnbox is a subscription box just for yarn that starts at $35.95/month depending on the plan you choose. This is the classic box with a preference on crocheting (sometimes that makes a difference).

This month’s featured is from Ancient Arts, which has some amazing colors. Subscribers got either DK or fingering weight yarn from the company. Ancient Arts also has this funny thing: they have these special yarn collections called “Meow Yarn” and “Woof Yarn.” Amusing. These are yarns dyed in the color of different cat/dog breeds. This is another reason I’m a little disappointed with the color I got in the box. This cream color is called Irish Linen. It is a fingering weight of 70% merino, 20% bamboo, and 10% nylon.

However, I’m more excited about the patterns we get this month. For people who got the DK weight, the crochet designer is Carolyn Carleton with the Miranda Vest. What a wonderful pattern! The other crochet pattern this month is for the fingering yarn with designer April Garwood. Both of these patterns are great! I’m really happy with these.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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December 2014 Yarnbox

I get about 3 subscription boxes regularly: Birchbox, Popsugar Must Have, and Yarnbox. In terms of value, they all have their perks, but Yarnbox is probably my favorite, because I get exposure to my favorite thing- yarn! The LYS doesn’t always have such a variety of brands and types, and also, I wouldn’t even think about buying it. Once I get the yarn in a box though, I think of all the possibilities I could make with it, and it is wondrous. Every month is beautiful. This month is no exception.

The yarn this month is from a company in the UK called Baa Ram Ewe (how cute)! This is their fingering yarn blend called Titus in the color Aire. It is made from 70% British wool (50% Wensleydale longwood and 20% bluefaced leicester) and 30% UK alpaca. It is so soft! Each skein is 320 meters. The featured designers this month are Denise Voie de Vie with a crochet pattern and Mindy Wilkes with a knitted pattern. I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but Yarnbox also includes a new type of stitch with each box. They are almost always knit stitches so I never mention them, but I guess if I ever learn to knit it would be a good card to have. This month is also a knit stitch- the hemp stitch.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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July 2014 Yarnbox

On a completely unrelated note, I just watched Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. It is just so different from the book. I’m super surprised the screenplay was written by the author of the book! I know this movie came out about two years ago, but still, I’ve been wanting to watch it for a while, because I read the book when it came out. The book is basically the biography of Abraham Lincoln, except, you know, everything bad that happens is caused by vampires. A- book, C+ movie.

Back to actual yarn things: it is here! Actually, I had completely forgot about this for some reason. I’ve been really distracted with work and life. Then I came home, saw the package box key in my mailbox, and immediately thought, “I don’t remember ordering anything for this time.” What a wonderful surprise it was! 🙂

yarnbox 2014

This month my box featured Fiber Lady‘s Makicot yarn. It is 70% bamboo and 30% cotton, and it says it’s DK weight, but it looks a little thinner to me. Can you believe I got 3 skeins?! I’m super excited! Each skein is about 305 yds, and normally, each skein would cost me $24.00!

As for the feature designers this month, crocheting is Sandra Paul, who has a free shawl pattern, and if you check out her Ravelry page, she has some really beautiful patterns. They are so colorful! For knitting, Kati Mohr was featured, and she has some really nice fingerless gloves patterns.

Also, I found this funny, but as an added bonus, there was a coupon for cat food. Haha, because clearly yarn and cats are somehow always going to be associated. If only it was guinea pig food ;). Hee hee!

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Yarn for My Birthday! June 2014 Yarnbox

It’s my birthday! I am now 26 years old. I was going to get myself an ice cream cake, but I don’t know why I’m not feeling it. Today I’ve mostly been hanging with the guinea pigs. Chloride is being difficult- again. Sodium is usually like, “Whatever! Yay! Okay! Let’s do this!” Chloride, on the other hand, is always a little nervous- “I don’t know, Sodium. Maybe it’s not really a carrot. I think we should think about this first. Um….” But after a little while, he’ll get comfortable and be okay with it. Chloride is actually a lot like me in that regard- heh heh heh.


Hello from our home!


Earlier this week, I got the June Yarnbox! Woo~! This will have to do instead of the ice cream cake. Hahaha…. 😀

The yarn this month is actually really great.

june 2014 yarnbox

There were a variety of colors from ArtYarns. I love the green/purple blend (aka my two favorite colors!) The bigger skeins are both a merino wool yarn. Also, the tiny skein of silk and sequins is so pretty. It will add a nice colorful accent to something I’m sure.

The designers this month were Iris Schreier, who is also the direct of ArtYarns! She was the knitting designer, but for crochet there was Julie from ACCROchet, who has a free ski bunny hat pattern.

Overall, this was a great box! I loved it!

Have a lovely day and happy crocheting!

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Etsy & May 2014 Yarnbox

I opened an Etsy shop this week! I was pondering doing it or not for a while, but I’m going to take the risk. I’m also going to try to do more craft shows this year too. When I did that craft show last December, a lot of people didn’t actually buy anything, but they did ask if I sold stuff online (probably so they could use their credit card). I’m hoping that I can use the craft shows to promote the shop. 😀 The link is at the top of the page and here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HijinksCrochet.

Now, not sure why, but my Yarnbox has liked to arrive on rainy days lately. Should I expect it next month too? It’ll be a weather predictor!

may 2014 yarnbox

I’m not necessary disappointed with the yarn this month. It is very good yarn, but when I heard about the other possible yarn: Hampden Hills’ Alpaca Silk, my reaction was: “PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!! [open box]…. Awwwww.” This yarn that I got is Cherry Tree Hills sock yarn. The color is Riverbank and it is made of 100% merino. They don’t sell direct, so you’ll have to check your local yarn store (none in RI, sadly). The color looks like a muted version of the yarn I’m working with in my Tunisian crochet project. It’s 420 yards each, which is perfect to start another project!

For other things, Cherry Tree Hills/Potluck Yarn has included a code for a free pattern: SECRETS, on their shop site. Looks like a lot of sock patterns, but there’s others too. Hampden Hills also gave a discount of 15% from their shop, and I get a small packet of detergent.

Like all the other boxes, there were two featured designers this month, but I only got one info card. The card is for crochet designer Taylor Tengelsen, who has a free sock pattern this month. I wonder if it’s because I picked crochet, that I don’t get the card for the other featured designer: Jessica Larson with a free knitted cowl pattern.

Happy crocheting!


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Stitch Fix #4

As much as I love Stitch Fix, this one was a complete fail! 😦

Stitch Fix is a personal styling box, where by paying a $20 styling fee, you will get 5 items in the mail to try on in the comfort of your own home and then you can buy the pieces you love. You fill out a very detailed style profile, so that the stylist can pick good pieces for you, but that didn’t work out for me this time.

stitch fix #4

Starting from the top left:

Elizabeth Geo Print 3/4 Sleeve Dress– Great pattern! Reminds me of this jacket that my mom had in her closet from the 80s. It draped a little loose, so I tried it with a belt, but the pattern and the belt didn’t really work out. Also, it cost $128! Out of my price range right now.

Farah Fit & Flare Striped Dress– This was a great dress. I love everything about it- the color and the cut! I probably would have kept it, but it was pretty tight around the chest and middle area. I could zipper the dress just fine, but it was definitely too tight.

Jessabelle Geo Knit Tank– Felt too casual. Also, I wasn’t getting into that low scoop neck line. I’m standing as straight as possible in that picture, so it doesn’t fall any lower.

Natasha Front Pocket Sleeveless Blouse– Just like in the Geo Knit Tank, it was a LOW cut shirt. Once again, standing as straight as possible to avoid it from falling down too low. It was a little big. Other than that, I love the teal color, the fabric (super light), and the fake pocket design. It’s a perfect work shirt, and casual enough for the weekend too!

Eric Lace Detail A-line Jersey Dress– I loved this dress! I even included a detail of the sleeve- the lace detailing is so beautiful! I decided not to keep it, because I already have a few black dresses and it was slightly higher than I was willing to pay ($118).

Overall, I kept nothing. Oh well, you win some, you lose some. Hopefully, next time will be better!

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