Yarnbox Yarn Subscription – Should You Subscribe?

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Are you in a yarn rut? Reaching for the same fibers for each project? I joined Yarnbox to bust that yarn rut!

Yarnbox Shipping Box

What Is Yarnbox?

Yarnbox is a monthly yarn subscription and they send you a box of yarn and a pattern each month. Yarnbox has three options – Socks, Classic, and Luxe. I chose the monthly Classic box. You can set your preferences – I chose Crochet and then I chose that I didn’t want yarn that was too small. As far as colors, I picked Surprise Me. You can select colors that you don’t want or your favorites. Since I wanted to get out of a yarn rut, I thought the surprise me would work best.

Information and pattern cards

Cards come with yarn company information and two pattern links – one for crochet and one for knitting.

The Classic boxes ship on the 15th and if you are dying to know what you are getting, you can check the Yarnbox group forums at Ravelry.com. They usually post a picture in the Spoilers forum. Shipping will vary, so some places will get their yarn earlier than others. Ravelry also has a forum in the Yarnbox group that will allow you post any Yarnbox yarns that you have to trade or that you are seeking. The community on Ravelry is really a lot of fun and a great group to share with!

The website and sign-up process are very simple and it was easy to set up my subscription. They also have gift subscriptions for any knitters or crocheters in your life. There are other subscription options, like every other month, so you can customize it to what you want pretty easily.

Pros and Cons of Yarnbox Classic Subscription

Wonderland Yarn

Wonderland Yarns

Pros:
– New yarns every month delivered right to your door
– New pattern each month (One crochet, one knit)
– Quality yarns that you might not know about
– Ability to choose favorites and least favorites
– Easy to join and easy to stop subscription
– Fun Ravelry community to participate in
– Can order extra the next month to complete larger projects

 

Cons:
– Expensive – could eat into your monthly yarn budget
– Sometimes the favorite colors don’t always show up
– You could get a fiber you don’t like
– Around 500 yards, so only small projects
– Adding to complete a project can get expensive



Yarn at Your Door – Did You Subscribe?

I have kept my subscription because it is opening me up to new yarns and ideas. Yarnbox isn’t sending me this for free, so this is a real review!

Are you a Yarnbox subscriber? If so, what Pros and Cons do you have for the service?

Do you have questions about Yarnbox? Feel free to comment below!

Thanks,
Lisa

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42 Comments

  1. Rachel on July 27, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    My grandmother use to knit and crochet. I wish I had learned from her.

    • Lisa on July 27, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      Well, sign up for this blog! We will be sharing how-to information and we are happy to answer any questions!

  2. Kamie Berry on July 27, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    I’ve never heard of Yarnbox before. This looks really cool! I’ve been trying to teach myself to knit for years, and this makes me want to try harder at it.

    • Lisa on July 27, 2017 at 11:57 pm

      There are a lot of yarn subscription services out there! I wanted to try this one because it features a lot of independent dyers and companies. Definitely makes me rethink just buying on clearance at the big box stores! The yarns are SOOO nice! Let us know if you have any knitting questions…or if you want to pick up a crochet hook!

  3. Karla on July 28, 2017 at 12:19 am

    I’ve always wanted to learn how to yarn…but never really tried!

    • Lisa on July 28, 2017 at 12:23 am

      Well, stay tuned! We will be sharing lots of how-to posts to get you started.

  4. GIna on July 28, 2017 at 12:55 am

    How cute is this?! Never knew this existed!

    • Lisa on July 28, 2017 at 12:58 am

      Oh, it is so much fun! My daughter has to be with me when I open it and she never wants to see the Spoilers! There are lots of these subscriptions out there. If you do anything with yarn, find one and sign up!

  5. carmensar on July 28, 2017 at 1:48 am

    Hmm. Interesting idea for the knitting/crocheting enthusiast. I think it would bug me–not being able to pick out what I get, but some would find it to be a fun challenge to make things out of something new.

    • Lisa on July 28, 2017 at 1:58 am

      You can adjust your settings in Yarnbox to get certain weights or colors. The type of yarn is a surprise though. Since it is only around 500 yards, it doesn’t bother me that it is a surprise. It has always been really good quality yarn, so the surprise part gets me a little more out of my comfort zone and has ended up being great. I will post more about the different yarns I have tried as a result of Yarnbox. So far, Sugarbush Yarns has been my favorite…Bliss…sooooo soft!

  6. Shelanda on July 28, 2017 at 3:01 am

    Interesting. There are all these boxes you can get different items from different brands. I used to crochet. I sort of miss it.

    • Lisa on July 28, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Come back! There are so many great options for crochet these days and it can be as much or as little as you like! Our site is going to focus on busy people like us and how we can all fit in some more yarn work! All it takes is some yarn and a hook…

  7. Sheree on July 28, 2017 at 11:47 am

    I had no idea that this existed! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lisa on July 28, 2017 at 11:49 am

      I know! I didn’t either until I saw someone post about it on Ravelry! It really is a lot of fun!

  8. Melissa on July 28, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    This is so neat! I never heard if this before! I do crochet, but haven’t in a while. I’ll have to check this out! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lisa on July 28, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      Be sure to sign up for our blog too! We will keep you updated with quick crochet projects that you can fit into your day!

  9. kristinstones on July 28, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    They have a subscription service for everything these days! I will have to let my MIL know about this one!!

    • Lisa on July 28, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      You can also do a gift subscription for her!

  10. waneklychaoticlife on July 28, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    My MIL would love this… though I don’t think she needs any more yarn!

    • Lisa on July 28, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Oh, we all “need” more yarn!

  11. Traci at Petite Chef on July 28, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    I’ve never heard of Yarnbox but that’s a wonderful subscription idea! I taught myself to knit last year (sort of) and really need to get back into it.

    • Lisa on July 28, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      It is a great way to keep you knitting! Having yarn showing up to my door each month is fun and helps me keep working on my projects.

  12. kiersten on July 28, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    it has been so long since i have knit anything. you’ve inspired me to get back at it! thanks for sharing!

    • Lisa on July 28, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      You are welcome! Be sure to share once you get something finished! Ravelry is a great community too!

  13. Joanne on July 28, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    This is a great idea for a yarn enthusiast, thanks for sharing!

  14. Stacey on July 28, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    I like subscription services! It’s fun to be surprised. It can get costly, as you stated. I didn’t know they did it for yarn and patterns. That’s cool!

    • Lisa on July 28, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      Yes, there seems to be a subscription for everything these days! I am really happy with this one and it is a lot of fun. It is also easy to turn on and off if the costs start to add up or you need to take a break.

  15. Lori on July 28, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    I had no idea they did this for yarn! We do subscription kits for clothes, food, and all sorts of other things. How fun!

    • Lisa on July 29, 2017 at 12:07 am

      It really has been a lot of fun! You can also give a gift subscription, which would be great for yarn lovers!

  16. Lisa on July 28, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    I have never heard about this before and am intrigued! I used to crochet, but had to stop because, well, kids! Now that they are a bit older, I’d love to pick it up again.

    • Lisa on July 29, 2017 at 12:08 am

      Let us know how it goes! My 9 year old daughter has picked it up pretty quickly. It is a great craft with kids. She is working on her next cup cozy now.

  17. lectinfreemama on July 29, 2017 at 1:54 am

    I can think of so many people who would love this! Great gift idea.

  18. Jacqueline Marie on July 29, 2017 at 2:38 am

    I had no idea this existed! I learned to knit and crochet years ago but developed arthritis in my hands after having my third baby and have a hard time doing either now. I’ll have to let my friends know about this!

  19. Jennifer S on July 29, 2017 at 3:25 am

    My niece would enjoy this! Great gift idea!

  20. Lila on July 29, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    What a neat service! I’ve seen lots of yarn clubs from specific (lovely) yarn companies, but this one looks really cool, since you get to try different yarns. And from the Ravelry threads, it looks like they choose really nice independent dyers. If only I weren’t trying to destash…

    • Lisa on July 29, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      I know…always trying to destash, but having that box show up once a month is really fun!

  21. The Dirty Living Co. on July 30, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Seems like you’d be a great resource if I ever take the leap and attempt to learn how to knit! I think a yard subscription box would be a lot of fun!

    • Lisa on July 30, 2017 at 1:52 am

      Absolutely! We will be adding lots of how-to and maybe an online class with lots of support. Yarn at your door is definitely lots of fun!

  22. AutumninAtlanta on July 30, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    I’ve always wanted to learn how to crochet. I guess it is never to late to learn something new. Thank you for this information.

    • Lisa on July 31, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      Definitely never too late! Plus, all the research is showing that picking up new skills is good for our brains!

  23. Amanda on July 30, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    My mom loves to crochet. This would be a great gift for her since she is so hard to shop for and already has everything! Thanks!

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