I love subscription boxes. It is fun getting that box of unknown goodies in the mail. I have tried a variety of them and was very excited when I found some yarn ones to try.
A couple of years ago, I joined a group from Fresh Stitches. You received the supplies for an exclusive pattern and sometimes an extra goody. I tried it for 3 months and then canceled. It seemed too expensive for what you got. You also had to login to a password protected area (that changed every month) to get that exclusive pattern. I would have rather had it included in the box. I believe she has changed how she runs this group now. It is called Ami Club. Her website is: https://freshstitches.com/
This past spring I tried one called Happy Yarn Mail. I again tried it for 3 months but canceled as I felt it was too expensive for what you got. You received a hard copy of the pattern, the supplies for the pattern and en extra surprise. One time it was a plastic water bottle with crochet printed on it and then it was a note book with crochet on it. I can’t remember the 3rd item.
The next one I tried is by Knit Crate. They have a Crochet Crate box. I like this box. You get a choice of a beginner or intermediate pattern that you get online but it is stored in your ravelry account. The yarn you get is nice yarn. More expensive yarn that I don’t tend to buy. That is fun to get that and try it. This box also has a treat in it. The first box had a key ring with shortened crochet hooks attached to it. The second box had Halloween stitch markers. As much as I really like this box, I am planning on canceling it. It is about $45 per month.
My favorite box is Little Box of Crochet from the UK. It is about $33 per month depending on currency rate conversions. You get some fun yarn and a few gifts. This was my first month. There was a crochet hook, needle, stitch marker, yarn, pattern and a separate craft. I will keep doing this one to see what comes in some future boxes. I feel that cost is fair for what you get.
I made this cute reindeer basket the other day. The pattern is by Carolina Guzman. It is in the book Crochet for Christmas. The book is on amazon here but I did find the pattern only on ravelry here. The pattern was well written and worked up pretty quick, a couple of hours. I used worsted weight yarn from my stash and not the recommended yarn by Garn Studio Drops. I plan on making one more to have at an upcoming craft fair.
I am a little disappointed in the crochet book. I have only found a few patterns that I want to make but that is just personal preference.
This past summer, The Friendly Red Fox hosted a couple CAL where she released parts of her patterns for the Elephant and Molly for free on her blog. You can find them here at Ravelry: Elephant and Molly.
They were both fun and quick to make. Her one tip that was new to me, was to use plastic hair rollers in the neck to keep the neck from flopping. I had my sister grab some for me at the dollar store so I could try it. It works pretty well.
She also demonstrated a way to change colors to prevent a step/jump in the color. Basically the first stitch of the new color is a slip stitch. It seemed to help make the color change less noticeable.
I recommend her patterns. Her blog is here: The Friendly Red Fox.
Fun with Furls hosts a monthly CAL. This Owl by Breanna Eaves was the pattern for September. You can get the pattern here.
The pattern was well written and fun to do. I used left over Vanna’s Choice yarn. He is so cute! I am tempted to make a bunch of them.
For the past couple of years, Red Heart has hosted a 12 week Christmas Crochet-A-Long (CAL). In 2015, I made a lot of the patterns but last year I wasn’t interested in the patterns they had. The 2017 CAL just started. This is the first week’s pattern put on by Pattern Paradise. You can find it here.
The placemat is made out of cotton yarn. I couldn’t find a Christmas Green at my local store so I used an Evergreen color I had on hand. I did enjoy making it. The border turned out nice. The last round is done on the wrong side and gives it a little bump/dimension. The snowman’s face was challenging for me. I am not that good at faces.
I will make a second placemat so I have a pair. The red base was a little time consuming to make as every other row is done in back loops. It used an H hook which was nice for my wrist. I personally don’t make much with cotton yarn as it hurts my wrist to use that yarn. This pattern was too cute for me to turn down making.
I love Bernat Blanket Yarn. I was searching for patterns online one day and found an image of a snowman made out of Blanket Yarn. The pattern wasn’t written that way though. The pattern is here.
I didn’t change the pattern at all. I used an L hook. One 10 oz skein of white was more than enough to make a snowman. 2 – 10 oz skeins is enough for 3 snowmen. One 3.5 oz skein is enough for the hat and scarf. It took me about 3 hours to make one.
I will have a hard time selling these guys. I will have to make one that I can keep!
I love owls. When I first saw the pattern for this owl, I couldn’t wait to make it. The pattern is by Repeat Crafter Me and you can get it here.
When the pattern came out, it used Bernat Blanket yarn which was new at the time. I fell in love with the yarn and have become slightly obsessed with it. Most of the patterns out there are for blankets but I prefer to make soft animals and toys out of it. I am always on the lookout for patterns that this yarn would work well with.
It takes me about 3 1/2 hours to make the owl. This owl (and the interest in it) is what started me selling my crocheting. In 2016 I sold quit a few of the owls. The only way I was able to make so many is I LOVE the yarn. It is so soft.
If you have not used the Bernat Blanket Yarn yet, this is an easy pattern to try it out on. It uses one big skein (10.5 oz) for the body.