A few months ago, the folks over at KnitCrate got in touch and kindly asked if I’d like to try one of their knitting subscription boxes. Although I’ve had my reservations about subscription boxes in general, I was curious to see what the boxes were like.
The yarn in the boxes has, in the three I’ve received so far, been high quality and something new to me. The patterns are usually well-matched and the extras are cute. I was hesitant about the subscription box model because I’m fairly picky about yarn type and colour, which has thus far not been an issue. That being said, the yarn in the boxes is high enough quality that if there was a colour I didn’t like, I would have no qualms about passing a skein along to a friend as a gift. The only other negative consideration I’ve encountered so far is that the boxes take awhile to ship from the United States to Canada, so if you’re outside of the US, plan for your box to arrive towards the middle or end of the month. I would also love if there were a natural fibres box, or a box for yarns made in North America.
My first KnitCrate sock box was February, and I’ve just finished the socks from it. I did use the pattern included, which turned out nicely, although it did contain some errors (I believe the designer may have released corrections recently). The yarn in this box was Mrs. Crosby Plays, a sock blend. This was my first speckled yarn, which I loved, and I really liked the colours in the yarn. I probably wouldn’t purchase this yarn again because of it’s high synthetic content, but I was pleased to get to try a new-to-me indie dyer. All of the project details are on my Ravelry page.
Although the kind people at KnitCrate sent me my box, I was under no obligation to blog about it, and wouldn’t recommend it to you all if I didn’t truly love it. If you’d like to give it a try, the code SAS20 will get you 20% off your first crate.