When I was a kid back in the mid-80s, my neighbors had a garage sale. They put a bunch of random trinkets into paper bags, sealed them up, and sold them as mystery grab bags for $1 each. I couldn’t resist. I emptied my piggy bank and went back over and over to buy one bag after another. I remember that Mom was upset with me when she found out that I’d been suckered into such silliness. I have no memory of anything in those grab bags.
But I am apparently still a total sucker, because when Craftsy announced their January Mystery Box sale, well, I leapt at it. At least $50 of random high quality yarn and notions for $25? YES PLEASE!
And wow, I’m glad that I went for it. My box arrived yesterday, and my bounty is pretty awesome.
So what all have I got? It’s all single skeins, and you wouldn’t think that one little skein of anything would go very far, but you’d be surprised at what you can do with it. Here’s the inventory, with prices and product photos pulled from various websites:
Lorna’s Laces Solemate
Retail price: $26
This fingering weight yarn is delightfully sunny and cheerful. It will make a really cute pair of socks! I’m kinda fond of the Twisted sock pattern right now.
Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport
Retail price: $11.50
I’m thinking that this beautiful colorway will make a great small triangle shawl/scarf like the Oaklet Shawl. By the way, Lorna’s Laces, which is a Chicago business, gets brownie points for naming their colorways after Chicago landmarks. The neighborhood of Andersonville happens to be just south of my apartment in Rogers Park and is home to two great yarn shops, Windy Knitty and Sifu Design Studio.
(I’m not sure where Winona fits in to the Chicago naming scheme, but then there are several colorways with names that don’t have anything to do with Chicago, so maybe that’s one of those..?)
Colorway: Glazed Carrot
Retail price: $8.80
You look at this skein and it is tiny. You think that there is NO WAY that anyone could possibly make a functional object from something so small, don’t you? You’d be wrong, because I found Mystique Shawl #209 which I think will make a lovely orange light summer shawl. So, HA!
Lantern Moon 14″ Rosewood Size 8 Needles
Retail price: $26.05
These are, hands down, the nicest knitting stuffs I own. They are long and straight and beautiful and by far the nicest needles I have ever held. They’re certainly a far cry from the cheap bamboo needles on which I first learned to knit!
Total Retail Value of the Mystery Box: $72.95
With shipping and tax, I paid just $32 and change.
I think I finally won the grab bag game, and like a sucker, I can’t wait to play again.
P.S. If anyone from Craftsy is reading this, if you guys ever were to offer a mystery box subscription, I would totally sign up.