Save your money, friends. This box is a terrible value and the company is run very unprofessionally. The patterns are not unique, and the extra gifts are junk, in this girl’s humble opinion.
It’s time for another Happy Yarn Mail review! Today, we have May’s box. As a price reminder, this box costs $29.95 plus shipping, which for me ends up being about $40 per box. What’s included for that price, is a unique crochet project, the yarn to complete the project, and a little extra crochet related goody.
There is a new feature with this box, where you can purchase add ons to the box for an additional fee. Last month’s extra was a polymer clay crochet hook, and the extra for June was a yarn bowl, both decorated with the happy sprinkles we see on the box each month. The items were super cute, but quite pricey, so they did not find their way into my cart. (The hook was $33 and the yarn bowl was $40.)
Another new feature with this subscription box, is a mini version of the box for $19.95. This box features the unique pattern, the yarn needed to complete the project, and nothing else. When I checked the shipping price for the mini box, it looks like it would cost me $26-$27 total, which is really the price I think the box should be with the extras included.
A quick note on shipping, the boxes get shipped at the end of the month. So, while I purchased the May box on May 1st, it did not ship until the very end of the month. What I like about the shipping, however, is that it is sent by 2 day Priority, so once it is shipped, you have that pretty box on your porch waiting for you before you know it!
So let’s see what was in May’s box!
Upon opening the box, I was greeted with the prettiest collection of happy, sunny, summery yarn! The pattern for this box is a Pink Lemonade Clutch, and these little balls of yarn just scream pink lemonade and summer! There is also a skein of Lion Brand Fast Track yarn, something I have never used before and was very excited to try out! I believe all the yarn is Lion Brand, though there are not any labels on any of the yarn.
My first reaction to the project and goodies was a definite squeal of excitement. It is a project that my soon to be 12 year old daughter would just love to have, and it is something that I would not have thought of or chosen to do on my own.
This cup though! So stinkin’ cute!!!! Pink and gold and just adorable. I love it. It says “Chain 1 Sip 1”, which as a crocheter, made me giggle. This is sooooo much better than the plastic bag that was sent in April’s box! It also came with some herbal tea and directions on how to make your own honey lemon iced tea, specifically for this tumbler.
I was so in love with this whole box, it really did make me happy.
The project was super simple to follow, I feel confident that my daughter, a new crocheter, could easily make several of these for her friends with no problem. The Fast Track yarn really does work up very quickly, and the fringe is the perfect accent to the finished project. This clutch can easily be made in an afternoon.
What I am most pleased with this month, is the amount of yarn included in the box! If you will recall, I had a real problem just finishing the project for April with the included yarn. There simply was not enough and I had to make adjustments to the project just to get it finished. You can see in the blue basket next to my finished clutch, all of the leftover yarn I had. No stress, and several little pretties to add to my stash, thank you very much!
I have spent a lot of time researching yarn boxes since April’s box, and have come to the conclusion that there simply is not anything that can compare to Happy Yarn Mail. They are all almost exclusively knitting boxes, and include patterns for things I have zero interest in making. To be perfectly honest, the other boxes seem old lady oriented. How many shawls and socks can one person knit before losing their will to live?
And besides that, this girl is too legit to knit. hehehe
This box includes patterns for things very similar to what I would normally be hooking up. I can easily see myself pinning all of these projects to my crochet board on Pinterest. They are young and hip and fun. And being a fellow creative person, I can tell you that these projects open doors in my head for so many other ideas, fun twists or new ways of using bits and pieces of these projects for completely different applications.
I still think the box is a little overpriced. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love and adore this box. I just wish it cost less. It would be great if they offered a discount for ordering several months at a time, like most all other subscription boxes do. If this was offered with a nice discount, I would definitely order a 6 or 12 month subscription.
At the end of the day, I guess I look at it as a splurge. A little gift to yourself once a month. I have already ordered June’s box, after which I saw coupon codes released for $5 off the box. Boo. But I can’t wait to see what June’s box brings, and of course, I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you all.
Do you get any yarn subscription boxes? Are there any hidden awesome crochet boxes I don’t know about? If so, let me know!