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My First Little Box of Crochet!!

So I took the plunge!! For the longest time I have wanted so badly to subscribe to the little box of crochet but always worried was it too expensive and was it for me?
I’m part of a crochet facebook group and some of the members would post and rave about this little box of wonders and I thought it was amazing but for nearly £20 a month… 🤔

So I left it for a while with my growing jealousy of seeing others showing off their boxes. 😂

But recently I have noticed subscription boxes have become such a fad! Their are a ridiculous amount of boxes out their for anything you can think of! Like seriously just google it… it is mental!!!
However I just thought let’s do it! What is the worst that can happen, I subscribe and then realise it isn’t for me and cancel? No harm done right?
So there I was excitedly typing “Little Box of Crochet” into google, clicking on the link to then read that they are changing their subscription! 🥺

Ok so maybe I am being a little dramatic 😇
.. basically up until June 2019 they where doing a monthly box filled with a little crochet goodies to make a small project for around £20 a month, this sounds amazing but from what I have read they had been doing this since their launch in 2015 and some had grown out of small projects I suppose and wanted something a little more.
With this the company decided to do a bi-monthly subscription so they could deliver larger projects for the same monthly price but of course it would be every other month instead. 
I was a little gutted I had literally just missed out of the monthly box but was still super excited to try it so I jumped straight on in and subscribed.

The subscription came to £18.95 a month which I thought was quite fair but I signed up at a bit of a funny time because of course with it being a bi-monthly box now I had just subscribed right in the middle!
This was an after thought and before I even really thought about contacting The Little Box of Crochet and enquiring about this I had already received an email from a lovely lady named Hazel! 
Super speedy contact which I absolutely love in business, it just shows they care in my opinion 😊
Hazel of course had already picked up on my bad timing and very kindly offered to send me out the first bi-monthly box from June if I would like to make another payment of £18.95 or I could put my payment towards my next months box.
There was not really a lot of thought put into this because of course I wanted the box from June!! Speedily I emailed her back and she sorted everything for me, truly amazing! 😁

Honestly I wasn’t expecting the box for quite some time but no joke it turned up about three days later!
I think the postman almost fell over at my excitement haha! But I couldn’t wait to rip open it and see what was inside!!
So without further ado this was the contents of my amazing (bigger)..

Little Box of Crochet ~ June 2019

The Box..

Oh my goodness!! This box is so damn beautiful like what on earth!!!!
The box was designed by Kayti Peschke and it is stunning! Inside is a small booklet that explains how the box is bigger but I of course have no reference to any of the previous sizes but in my opinion this box is a lovely size and I will most definitely be finding a use for it after! 
Upon opening the box everything is sealed up with a wrap of tissue paper and a darling sticker! This is so lovely, I am already in love with how much thought has been put into this box!

Welcome..

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With all seriousness I spent about 5 minutes carefully picking the sticker off of the tissue paper so as not to rip anything! 🤣
Don’t judge me! It was my first box and I wanted to preserve everything haha!

So when I finally got into the box.. 😄
I was greeted with this lovely booklet, on the front you can see a stunning image of the project that you are going to make with the materials in this box and inside you’ll be welcomed by Amanda Bloom, she talks a little about the direction she is taking the company and about all the exciting changes they have made/ are making before moving onto the contents of this months box. Also included in the booklet is information about designers and the pattern for the Summer Market Bag (of course). The pages have a lovely feel and are thick too which is great for someone like me who is always making notes on everything!

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So after taking out the welcome booklet this was the next thing that I come to. 
Jennie Maizels Iron-On Patches, I think they are very cute although I have never really been a patch kind of girl. I don’t feel like this is through choice I just don’t feel like they are widely available in local shops and have definitely become more of an online deal. They are still super stunning but I am going to have to put some thought into how I want to use them because my first thought was I will buy a plain shopping bag and iron them all on their but come on! They deserve a little more thought and respect then that right 😊

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Next I am on to this postcard and matching notebook which are just AMAZING! They are everything! How cute are they!
Sorry, so many exclamation marks but come on! haha!
I feel like the postcards are a running thing and you can bet your sweet little tushy I am keeping every damn one of them! I will almost definitely be going out and buying a little scrapbook to keep them all in. Again stop judging me..

Notebooks are just my thing, I have about 50 million around my house, I will always find a use for them especially when crocheting, counting rows are not my dive.
This pair is amazing, beautifully illustrated & designed by Nicola Allan.

A few little leaflets where also in the box, one about a crochet book with a discount code and the other about a company called Seeknit who have some of there merchandise in the box.
Seeknit have included a some marking pins which I have never heard of or seen in crochet but regardless they look lovely and I will have to find a pattern and maybe do a little googling as to how you use them. And their is also a stunning 4.5mm bamboo hook, again I have never used wooden or more specifically bamboo hooks so I am very excited to try this out when making my Summer Market Bag and see what it is like to work with.

Next up we have some cute little Koru Clay Studio stitch markers, I know that there are always some stitch markers from Koru Clay Studios in these boxes but I have never had the pleasure of trying them so I am excited for that. And I have also seen in the booklet that they make a suggestion that you can use them as charms on your completed bag as they are colour complimentary, very well thought out may I just add!
Always included is a little bodkin needle with a felt ball which are of course always useful.
And a Tropical Palm Mini Travel Case. This is so dinky and cute! I am for sure keeping my stitch markers and bodkin in her because I am a nightmare for losing bits like that in the bottom of my bag! I love how it matches the box design too though!

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And finally!
The yarn!!!!!
Six 50g balls of cotton blend yarn from Yarn and Colours. I have never used any yarn from this company before but I love the cotton blend yarn for the Summer Market Bag project. And the colours are stunning! In shades pepper, orange, pesto and girly pink they look amazing together, I am so excited to start this bag!!

Sadly I have now reached the bottom of my box and although I wish it was like Mary Poppins bag I am so impressed by the contents of this stunning box!
This is definitely a win for me I am so SO pleased I decided to finally sign up for this subscription box and I am ridiculously excited for the August box. Entirely worth every penny!! ❤️

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I know I have waffled on for a bit through this post (which I apologise for 😁) but this was an amazing box, if you love crochet I couldn’t recommend it anymore highly.. you will love it!

And also if you have a moment there is a lovely section on their brand new gorgeous website about how Amanda Bloom started this wonderful adventure!
It is a truly saddened story (grab a tissue!) but how beautiful for something that was so awful for a family was turned into something amazing, it makes me smile to be reminded that there are people still like this in the world, such an incredible woman. ❤️

Thank you!

Hope you’re all having a great day,

Nicole 🙂 x