Friday, June 8, 2012

Craftsy Mystery Box!

I have to say, I'm a big fan of Craftsy.  Their online workshops and courses are awesome, and I am kind of addicted to shopping their yarn deals.  This is the first time I've ever purchased a mystery box from them, however, and I've been eagerly awaiting its arrival!  There was apparently a delay with getting the boxes shipped out, and I received a nice note from Craftsy letting me know that it will be shipping - expedited - shortly and to please enjoy a free One-Skein Shrug Workshop for my trouble.  Pretty great customer service if you ask me!

Anyway, I'm kind of obsessed with Craftsy deals.  They're a lot like Groupon goods (another thing I'm addicted to) - for a limited period of time, certain products are available for purchase at a discount.  For example, a current deal is for 20% off skeins of Baah! La Jolla yarn in Grey Onyx.  The deals are constantly rotating, and there's usually a range of yarn choices and colors as well as other crafting products such as quilting fabric or purse handles.

I've noticed that Mystery Boxes tend to go on sale at the end of the month.  This time, there were two to choose from:  a box valued at $100, which sold for $40, and a box valued at $60, which sold for $25 (plus $9.99 shipping). I thought I'd start out with the less expensive box to dip my toe in the Mystery Box waters.

This Craftsy Deal includes:

A Mystery Collection of Quality Goodies
  • Contents valued at more than US $60 retail
  • Several different types of yarn
  • Knitting needles from a top brand
So what was inside my Mystery Box?

One Pair Size 13 Lantern Moon straight needles, 1 skein Cascade Yarn Taormina, and 4 skeins of Ironstone Warehouse Flake Cotton Yarn (1 each in blue, green, purple and hot pink).

I have to say, I was a tiny bit disappointed.  The Lantern Moon needles are lovely, but I guess I thought there would be more of a yarn selection, rather than four (very pretty) colors of the same yarn plus a skein of novelty yarn.  Buyer beware, right?!  However, the cotton yarn has good yardage (328 yards per skein) and I'll definitely put it to good use - already thinking about some summer hats and perhaps washcloths and scrubby sponges for gifting!

For what I got vs. what I paid, it's still a great value - the needles alone retail at about $20.  Did anyone else order a mystery box last month?  What was in yours?


  1. I used the free Lion Brand® Incredible® Pattern #40057 for a scarf, except I made mine 21 stitches wide and didn't bother with the fringe. I can't remember where I saw it, but instead of just knitting all the rows, I did the first three rows and last three rows as knit purl knit. Just gives a bit of a border at either end. I rec'd the Lantern Moon Size 15 needles and used those with the Taormina and Cotton Flake held together. I just couldn't resist how great the colors looked together!

  2. That's a great idea, thanks for sharing! I found a hat pattern I might use one of the skeins for, but the others would definitely make a nice scarf....