Review: 2016 July Yarn Crush Unboxing

It's been awhile since I've unboxed fibery goodness for you (and for that, I am truly, madly, deeply sad). I've been working from home three days a week since my company moved our office closer to the city, so I'll be honest: you're lucky if I brush my hair most days.

I mean, it's not a rat's nest and I still shower and like... other important things. I just usually throw my hair back into a ponytail and don't risk the chore that is putting my contacts in.

It's a great look.

Anyway, I was so excited to get back in the groove of filming that I put on a bra and unboxed the latest offering from my favorite subscription box: Yarn Crush.

The Goodies

The Yarn is the new-to-me, sumptuous, hand-dyed Pyxis from Space Cadet Yarns. It's 100% Superwash Merino, meaning it's easy to care for (and a superb choice for the provided patterns). Subscribers received one of three colorways depending on their preferences (of which I have none because I love surprises) and I received the blue-green tonal Eugenia. "Warm" subscribers received Eta Carinae and "cool" subscribers received Medusa Nebula.

The Patterns: This month’s knitting pattern is the Heartfire Shawl by Katrina King, which is a lovely pattern for Pyxis due to the subtle color changes and drape. It's a lacey fabric that appears to work up quickly thanks to some stockinette up top, making it the perfect penultimate project for summer.

Of course, Yarn Crush is great because crocheters aren't forgotten (and believe me when I say as a long-time crocheter, it's easy to feel overlooked in this industry). That's why each box comes with both a knitting and crochet pattern - so those of us who enjoy both crafts get a yet another choice!

The July crochet pattern is Valladolid by Jennifer Hansen. You will know Jennifer as Stitch Diva, so I'm sure it comes as no surprise I was immediately drawn to this shawl. I haven't crocheted much in the past several years due to my knitting obsession, but this may be what I needed to dive back in with pure joy.

The Yummies: This month's bonus gift is an elegant feather or twig shawl pin (I received the twig). It's a really nice treat and I don't even want to wait to wear it on my finished shawl. I can see this on any light fall jacket or bag - it's that pretty.

We also got 20% off any pattern from Threaded Dream Studio, 50% off patterns at, and 10% off our purchases at There's a good chance I may take advantage of those discounts, especially if I fall in love with this yarn (as it seems like I will).

The Price: I've said it before and I'll say it again: one of my favorite things about Yarn Crush is that you know the retail value of each item in your box (it's published along with the description of the box's contents). Why is that important? Because you know exactly what you're getting for what you've paid, and let me tell you: it's always a steal. The retail value of July 2016's box was $50.99, but the monthly subscription price is only $32.99 in comparison. That’s $18 in savings!

The Rating

How could I possibly give Yarn Crush any less than 5/5 stars? The answer is: I can't. The yarn is just too pretty and the projects too fun for me not to rave like a lunatic about the contents.

How to Get It

There are a couple subscription options and multiple ways to pay. For example, you can subscribe to a monthly box or bi-monthly box and then select how often you'd like to be charged. You, of course, save money with a 3- or 6-month payment plan; I love when subscriptions cater to both our needs and our budgets, especially for those of us trying to be more conscious of what we’re spending (look, I said "trying").

If you're ready to learn more, click the button below to either subscribe or select the subscription option that's right for you:

Test Knitting: Atiru Shawl for Aroha Knits

Back in June, Frenchie from Aroha Knits called upon her team of fiber artists to test-knit one of her latest patterns: the Atiru Shawl.

Needing to get my mind off things (things that you may have read about in my last post), I jumped at the opportunity to keep myself busy and volunteered to join the team.

First things first: I didn't finish the project due to everything going on, so I feel like a failure and a letdown; however, I can say the final result (or what I have of one) is gorgeous and a must-have addition to your hand-knit wardrobe.

The yarns I used are:

Pink: HauteKnitYarn, Fingering, Moving Too Fast
Blue: Happy Fuzzy Yarn, Corrie Sock, Sea Glass
Grey: Classic Elite Yarns, Fresco, 5303 Cinder

The prototype/pattern calls for only two colors, but because I only had one skein of the HauteKnitYarn I wanted to use, I needed to substitute with yet another coordinating color. I'm still not sure I'm in love with the grey (and I kind of wish I'd used the cream color I'd been eyeing up), but I've received nice compliments about the color combo on Instagram, so I'm just going with it!

Although it was a test-knit, I didn't come across any problems with the pattern and I found it easy to understand. Frenchie always does a great job of writing patterns clearly. As long as you are paying attention, you'll be fine. And it's easy to get into a groove/memorize the pattern once you reach the shawl's main body.

The Atiru Shawl is now available for purchase on Ravelry, so make sure to head over and add it to your favorites.

In the meantime, I'm:

Knitting: Kick in the Pants Rainbow Socks
Reading: The Girl on the Cliff by Lucinda Riley
Watching: Bojack Horseman

In Progress: Kick in the Pants Rainbow Socks

Admittedly, this current project has been a labor of love since (as always, it seems these days) my knitting mojo has been in the toilet.

I won't even begin to tell you what's been going on in my life, but suffice it to say I've been getting rid of toxic people and sort of mourning that loss. It goes to show that just because something isn't good for you, doesn't mean it won't hurt when it's gone. And the process isn't any easier when they don't even live in your country.

My ego is pretty battered and my self worth took a hit, too. So really, people plain old suck right now and I'm questioning why I even attempt new relationships at the ripe old age of 33.

I'm feeling a little better after my slump and have attempted to pick up knitting again. After all, it is and always has been my first love and has helped me through a number of rough patches in my past.

As a result, I've half-finished a pair of rainbow socks using my favorite KnitPicks Felici yarn. I've coveted this colorway for years and they finally sold it again months and months ago, so you bet your bottom dollar I picked it up once it was back on my radar.

The pattern I'm using is called Kick in the Pants, which I can't recommend highly enough for self-striping yarn. It's enough to hold your attention while still being pretty mindless. In other words, this was a perfect project for me to take to the beach a couple weekends ago. Except for that awkward moment where I dropped my ball in the sand and, well, it got messy.

It's supposed to be for top-down socks, but because I hate those, I've flipped the pattern to be bottom-up. So it doesn't look exactly like the original; that's fine with me.

I've also used contrasting yarn to knit a Fish Lips Kiss heel and 1x1 twisted rib for the cuff.

Otherwise, what else is going on my life?

Plenty of good things to contrast the bad, believe it or not. I've started a marketing podcast with several friends I met at conferences; we've been having a blast and receiving good feedback. I'm in the process of starting up a marketing business for independent fiber artists, which I'm really looking forward to launching one of these days. Nick and I have been making small day trips to a beach that's not far from us, so that's led to some pretty relaxing days and a decent tan (and horrid tan lines). I have one of my best friend's bachelorette party coming up this weekend in the Finger Lakes, which is sure to be a blast. And if you missed my last post, you'll know I'm going on a knitting retreat/to Rhinebeck in October.

And also, this rough patch has shown me how much I'm loved by people who actually matter to me. Yeah yeah, I know I'm waxing poetic and most of you are probably rolling your eyes and asking, "Why are you even writing about this?" It's because I know I'm not the only one to reach rock bottom and learn my lessons the hard way. Most people pull out of it, but others don't. I want everyone  - including you - to know that when something horrible happens to you (and it will happen, because such is life), you're not alone, even though it feels like it at the time. And I certainly feel alone right now, but I logically know I'm not. And I also know I have an amazing support network who help pick me up by my bootstraps and carry on.

Doesn't mean I'm not an idiot, but I'll get over that and make sure I'm not an idiot again.

In the meantime, I'm:

Watching: Stranger Things. Okay, I'm actually done watching this after a major bingefest this weekend. It was awesome and you all need to take a look.
Reading: The Girls by Emma Cline
Listening: "Edge of Seventeen" by Stevie Nicks

GIVEAWAY! The All-New Sock Crush Box by Yarn Crush

Hey, all! It's been quite some time since my last update, and for that I apologize. Not that I think I'm on your minds 24/7, but I like to think I provide good content from time to time, and I know I also owe people reviews and project updates. I promise those are coming soon!

But in the meantime, I have some exciting news:

My regular readers will know that I have rather large obsession with Yarn Crush, one of the many subscription services out there catered to knitters and crocheters alike. You'll also know that it's by far my favorite.

As a result, I've developed a rapport with Yarn Crush's creator, Joanna, which only means good things for you. Why? Because she's allowing me to host a giveaway for one of her all-new subscription boxes: Sock Crush.

What It Is

Developed specifically for sock knitters, Sock Crush is a new yarntastic subscription box by Yarn Crush. The first box ships in early August, just in time to start knitting up socks to wear in the fall or give away as Christmas gifts.

Each box will include enough quality sock yarn to knit a pair of socks and a download code for a sock knitting pattern. As with all Yarn Crush's boxes, the retail value of what you get will always be higher than the subscription price. 

Featured patterns will be designed by some of the best sock designers out there, like Cookie A, Kate Atherley, Wei S. Leong, Anne Hanson, Sivia Harding, and more!

How to Win It

Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below for multiple entries to win your own Sock Crush box.

Sock knitting not your thing? Or just want to immediately get yummy yarn and patterns delivered right to your mailbox every month?

BTW: Current Yarn Crush subscribers get 15% off their Sock Crush pre-orders (remember: there are only 50 up for grabs!), and all pre-orders get FREE SHIPPING their first month, so make sure to check it out immediately :)