So I decided to treat myself to a “luxury” Artyarns Club. It’s one of those deals, where they send you yarn and pattern every month, and you make cool stuff with it. The club was pricey – $66 – but this is pretty much my only hobby at the moment and I really wanted to try it. I never tried anything like that before, and I told myself that I work hard and I deserve pretty yarn.
Crate 1: a skein of creamsickle colored yarn and a skein of pink silk. Pattern is a basketweave wrap. There was not enough yarn for a wrap. Maybe for a scarf. Which, coming into summer, nobody needs. I ended up buying an extra skein in a similar colorway. I’m about $90 into a shawl I don’t particularly like. I am kicking myself. But okay, you know, this is the first crate. Fine.
Crate 2: a 200 yard skein of DK weight Cashmere/Silk blend and a tiny skein of beaded silk. Pattern: luxury mitts.
Behold the mitts.
Because everyone wants to own a pair of mitts that make your arms look like Michelin Man’s. Preferably in Swamp Thing green. If I, for some reason and I can’t imagine why, make these and put them on, Buffy might slay me.
The pattern is unattractive. The yarn is poorly chosen. Mittens typically get dirty faster than any other item of knitwear. The “luxury” cashmere/silk blend will have to undergo repeated washings and in no time this item will look like a rag. But the most troubling is skimping on yarn.
There is not much you can do with 200 yards of this yarn besides use it in some other project. Not suited to a hat, not enough for a scarf. I now have this tiny skein, for which I paid $66. I could’ve gotten enough luxury yarns through other stores to make an awesome shawl or infinity scarf for Kid 1 for the same amount of money.
I’ve come to conclude from Artyarn emails that their policy is to premium price yarn and give you bare minimum to finish something. I’ve ordered a kit before for a shawl and I have a terrible suspicion that there will not be enough yarn in there either. So, I cancelled my subscription.
Bummer. Lesson learned.