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Skein of the Month Club Subscription Box Review – May 2015


Skein of the Month Club is a subscription box for knitters.  There are a couple of different price points and you can customize based on amount of yarn, yarn weight, etc.

 My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

The Box: Skein of the Month Club

The Cost: $9.99 (sampler club, 1 skein), $24.99 (classic club, 2-4 skeins), or $49.99 (hand-dyed, 2 skeins)

The Products: Soft, colorful yarn from Sunstag Yarns.  Perfect for building your stash!  Weights will always match and you can choose 1 (fingering), 3 (DK), 4 (worsted), or 5 (bulky).  Please note: this is a subscription for yarn only and does not include any notions, projects, or other supplies.

This is a review of the classic club box in #4 weight (worsted).  There was no information card included.

Ships to: US (free).

Check out the Craft Subscription Box Directory for more great craft supply and DIY project boxes.


100% Peruvian Highlands Wool in “Bark” (3 skeins, 50 grams/110 yards each) – Value $29.97 ($9.99 each)

This is a soft yarn in a good, neutral color.  It’s perfect for fall or winter.  It’s not unusual for a company to send a color like this in May because it can take time to complete a project (see below) and you don’t want the season to pass you by before you have a chance to use the item you made.  I’ve never worked with 100% wool before (I’m still fairly new to loom knitting) but this was great.  It didn’t split on my loom hook and it had a nice amount of stretch.  And I think it’ll make a really warm scarf that will work for a man or a woman and will match just about anything.

Note: I couldn’t find this exact color on the Sunstag Yarn site, so I am linking to a similar color made from the same material in the same weight.


I was hoping to have a little bit more completed before posting here (I waited three weeks to send in this review) but I haven’t had a lot of extra time lately.  I decided to adapt a pattern from Loom Knit Dishcloths by Kathy Norris into a scarf (made the pattern a little wider and will increase the length).  I’m using the Martha Stewart Knit and Weave Loom Kit to do this (I don’t quite have the hang of needle knitting but I taught myself loom knitting using a book).  So far, I think it’s turning out well.

Verdict:  I calculated a value of about $30 for this month’s shipment.  That’s about $5 over the cost of the box.  If you factor in the free shipping, I think it’s a reasonably good deal.  (You can save a little money by signing up for a longer subscription up front, but it only works out to maybe an extra fifty cents or dollar saved per box to sign up for six months or a year.)  I don’t expect the same crazy high values here as I’d get with beauty subscriptions, however.

I do appreciate the chance to work with a type of yarn I haven’t tried before.  I’m totally a fan of wool yarn now.

In the end, I think this subscription would be best for an intermediate knitter (or crocheter) – someone looking to build up a yarn stash but also experienced enough to be able to locate and choose a pattern  or project without being given a lot of guidance.

What did you think of the Skein of the Month Club?

Written by Ragan Buckley

Ragan Buckley

Ragan stumbled across My Subscription Addiction in late 2013 and immediately subscribed to way too many beauty boxes. She’s now focused on boxes for her cats and dog, vegan/vegetarian food boxes, and craft subscriptions (and she didn’t give up beauty boxes entirely).

Posted in Skein of the Month Club Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| 13 comments

Comments (13)

  1. Thanks for the post but I am not interested. What I am interested in is getting these yarn subs on the swap, knitcrate and yarnbox.
    I discovered knitcrate on here maybe 1 1/2 years ago but haven’t seen one word about them since. Would love to be able to swap yarns.

  2. As an avid spinner, weaver and knitter I have yarn coming out the yahoo, but I really love Spunky Eclectic’s Spunky Yarn Club. Her fiber is amazing as well.

    • There are a lot of these clubs that I would like to try. I have to be careful not to fill up my new house before I even move into it, though…will see about reviewing some of the others in the coming months.

      • Yay!

  3. This is ok but you should really check out Yarn Box. They’ve been wowing me for months now.

    • Oh, yes. Please do a Yarnbox review. I’ve been watching them on ravelry and their yarn looks beautiful! I would really like to see a full review on MSA.

  4. Thanks so much for reviewing this sub! I’ve been curious about it for a few years, both for myself and for a dear friend who also knits. My experience with wool is that it makes great cold weather pieces. I wouldn’t use it for a blanket but that’s mainly because I live somewhere it doesn’t really get cold, well, ever. As far as ease of use it’s about the same as acrylic/blends. Granted that’s true of needle knitting since I can’t speak to loom work as I’ve never tried it. I’m trying to make my first quilt but maybe I’ll give it a test run once I finish this project.

  5. This makes me want to get my loom out.

    • You should do it!

      I failed at needle knitting and crochet so many times I nearly gave up (never had anyone to teach me). But I really took to the looms. And there are all kinds of new patterns coming out for the looms these days. The Lion Brand YouTube channel has some good videos for using the Martha Stewart loom but a lot of the techniques are applicable to other types (i.e., Knifty Knitters, Authentic Knitting Board, etc.) as well.

  6. Oooh, this looks neat! I’m a beginner, but I love knitting scarves. I may have to subscribe!

    • The amount of yarn you get in the $24.99 package is perfect for hats, scarves, etc. I have the next month’s shipment already and I think I’m dedicating some of it to the unfinished scarf and I’m going to make a headband (for winter dog-walking purposes) with the rest.

  7. Wool is my absolute favourite yarn to use. Just remember that it can not be washed and dried like acrylic and you will have no problem. You will need to hand wash in cool water with minimal agitation, roll it in a towel (do not squeeze) and then lay it flat to dry. Or you will have an experiment in felting on your hands. Treat it well and you will love it!

    • Thanks for the tip. I’ll definitely keep it in mind. Hopefully I will be finished with this scarf by the time it gets cold outside…

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