I am a sucker for subscription boxes, and while there are several out there that cater to crafters and even yarn lovers, they are typically geared towards knitters and include patterns for projects I would never make. Or they come with super expensive yarn that I would have trouble finding, never mind how impractical it would be for the projects I tend to make.
So when I heard about Happy Yarn Mail, and saw a preview of the first month’s box, I have to admit, I was pretty darn excited! On the website, Happy Yarn Mail promises an exclusive crochet design each month, only for subscribers and designed especially for the box, all items needed to make the project minus the hook, an exclusive video tutorial for the pattern, and extra crochet freebies designed exclusively for subscribers.
The monthly box costs $29.95 plus shipping, which for me was almost $10, ouch. I handed over my $40 and happily waited for my Happy Yarn Mail to arrive.
How stinkin’ pretty is that box? I mean…….so cute!!! It definitely made me smile, and looked super cute, waiting for me on my doorstep.
Inside was a pretty pop of hot pink tissue paper and a thank you note card.
Once you lift the tissue paper, you are greeted with your project for the month!
This month’s project is Crochet Hoop Art. Included is one hoop, what looks like a full skein of Lion Brand yarn in an off white color, and then three tiny little hand rolled skeins of the colors needed to make the hydrangea flowers. There were no labels on any of the yarn. The extra gift this month is the little plastic notions bag, that comes with a tiny bottle of glue and a little sampling of fringe, I am guessing to wrap around the bag?
The instructions look to be well written, though I have not yet made the project. I have never seen anything like this before, so it is definitely a unique idea! And this pattern opens the door for so many other fun ideas you can make with the basic instructions given here.
My only problem with this box is the value. For $40, I was underwhelmed. Lets go over an estimated price list here.
*Lion Brand yarn is about $3.99 per skein. The tiny mini skeins come nowhere near a full skein all added together, so I would value the amount of yarn in this box as $5.
*Embroidery hoops are really inexpensive unless you get into the higher end materials and finishes. This is a basic, inexpensive model, so we’ll say it has a value rounded up to $3.
*Crochet Patterns are generally between $3-$5 on sites such as Etsy or Ravelry. This is a pretty simple pattern, but it is printed in color for us, so let’s give it $4.
*Notions bag with glue and fringe. This is a plastic material with a tiny amount of fringe and a tiny bottle of glue. It’s cute, and nice to have everything you need to fancy up the little bag all ready for you. At best, I would say we could value the whole set at $5.
With these values, it brings the total estimated value of the box to $17. But we paid $30 for the box and an extra $10 for shipping. Is this a good value at $40 per month? I hate to say it, but I don’t think so.
I love the pretty box, I love the crochet theme, I love the projects I have seen so far, and I really love the whole idea. But I think it needs to be priced better. I would be happy paying $25 a month for this box, tops. I know the estimated $17 value we gave it is definitely more than it cost to put it together because companies get things at discounts for buying in bulk. And I realize this is a small business at the moment, put together by a blogger and crochet designer.
Also, the exclusive patterns that come in the box that aren’t available anywhere else? March’s pattern is available for purchase through the owner’s Etsy shop. For $4.99. Umm…
Next month’s box has an add on item, a pretty crochet hook, that you can purchase in addition to the box or separately, in limited quantities. The crafter behind the hooks has a horrible reputation online, of taking money and not delivering goods, so I would be wary of even purchasing the item. I’m not sure if Happy Yarn Box already has the hooks in their possesion or not, but it sounds like it could be a nightmare.
I plan on trying a few more boxes to see if the value can be found, because like I said, I really do love everything about this box except for the high price tag! Stay tuned for an update with the finished pattern and review on how it turned out, as well as a review for any other boxes I may purchase.
Check out Happy Yarn Mail for yourself by clicking HERE.
Did you get this box? Or March’s box? What did you think?
As I said, I paid for this box with my own money, and all opinions are honest and my own. I have not been compensated in any way for this review.