Last week, I treated myself to a Dinky Box from Lay Family Yarn.
These boxes contain five 10g mini skeins in an assortment of colours and are a great way to try out a dyer who you haven't bought from before or, as in my case, pick up a smaller quantity of yarn in different colours in order to add to my scrappy blanket.
I can't often tell how a colour will look knitted up when I see it in a skein but it's exciting to start knitting and seeing the pattern and colours emerge.
One thing which puts me off ordering mini skeins from many dyers is the postage cost. There's only 50g of yarn in small mini skein bundles yet they're often bunched together in a ball band, making them too big to send by letter post so the postage ends up costing the same as a parcel.
Just look how these mini skeins were sent. Genius! There was a large letter stamp on the box and they were sent as a letter. What's more, the packaging is recyclable, no plastic bags here.
A big thumbs up to Lay Family Yarn. It's little things like these which make for a great shopping experience. I'll definitely be back for more.
How lovely it will be so exciting to see how the colours work up just the right day for it too what a great way to spend a rainy Saturday, enjoy!.XXReplyDelete
I'm looking forward to knitting with them, such gorgeous colours. It will be fun seeing how they work up.Delete
The colours are smashing, can't wait to see how they look made up, a perfect parcel.ReplyDelete
I love little mini skeins, they're so cute and you can get a taster of the yarn which a particular dyer has on offer.Delete
This yarn is gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you make.ReplyDelete
The yarn will be added to my blanket, they're just the right size to make a mitred square.Delete
Yay for them being shipping smart. The colors are very pretty!ReplyDelete
I'm always more inclined to purchase something if the shipping costs are low, and it was lovely to see that the packaging was recyclable too.Delete
Its the postage that puts me off doing more shopping on line. We often make a list of our needs and do a big shop when we go to the mainland.ReplyDelete
I understand how postage costs have risen and companies having to pass those costs on but it's always refreshing when you see that a company have done their best to keep the costs as low as possible. I don't do all that much shopping online but it's lovely to get a little treat through the post every once in a while.Delete
Oh aren't they pretty!!!!!ReplyDelete
Variegated colors, but soft colors. I'm sure what you use them for, will turn out beautifully. And very unique, as well...
I'm really pleased with the colours, each one very different from the others. They'll make squares to be added to the blanket I'm making, I'm looking forward to seeing them knitted up.Delete
How thoughtful! I didn't know that you could buy such small quantities of yarn, that's really useful, thanks Jo. Please show us how they knit up. xReplyDelete
I'll be sure to show you how they knit up. It's nice to be able to buy such small quantities, perfect for the small squares I'm knitting in my blanket, or to test out a particular dyers wares.Delete
What a great idea! I'm looking forward to seeing how they knit up.ReplyDelete
I'm looking forward to using them, such beautiful colours.Delete
Yarn in the mail is the best!ReplyDelete
Very true, I'm always excited when a squishy parcel arrives.Delete
I have to admit to coveting these myself, but have so far resisted as I have no current project to use them with. Kelly's yarn is beautiful and looks fabulous knitted up, I warn you that you could easily be tempted towards a full skein!ReplyDelete
You could always start something new, very tempting. I've got a couple of skeins of Lay Family Yarn in my stash already.Delete
I buy my yarns at the shop, but they don't stock independent yarns and as you say, the postage costs such a lot. Great idea the way they've sent as a letter. Best, Jane.ReplyDelete
I get tempted by things I see online which aren't available in a shop, it's just a shame that postage costs are so high now. I'm always grateful when companies look at ways they can make the costs as cheap as possible.Delete
Love the colours Jo, they do look very nice :)ReplyDelete
All the best Jan
They're so pretty, they'll be a lovely addition to my blanket.Delete
omg I wish I could do this!!ReplyDelete
There's nothing stopping you, go for it!Delete
They do look rather cute Jo. There's an independant wool shop in town that stocks sock WYS yarn. I saw 2 balls in a particular shade name that I wanted, took a photo with the item number on the band and they ordered them in for me. I payed the shop price without on-line postage. I think sometimes you just get lucky both in store and on-line. I look forward to seeing what you make, Cathy xReplyDelete
That was great service. It's good if you can buy things locally but it's not so easy with hand dyed yarns, that's one of the things I love about yarn festivals, there's so much of it available all in one place.Delete
So pretty Jo & I'm with you on the cost of postage these days, especially parcels. Our postal service here in Oz is deplorable & expensive too. I'm also cutting back on plastic use, but it's so hard when shopping, as so many items are way overpackaged now. Have a good week, take care & huggles.ReplyDelete
I can't believe how much postage costs have risen. It goes by the size of the parcel now as well as the weight so small items can end up costing more to post than they're actually worth, it's madness.Delete
Very pretty yarns. I'm looking forward to seeing your blanket. You're right about the postage charges for mini-skeins.ReplyDelete
I'm really pleased with these mini skeins, they're so pretty, I'm looking forward to using them.Delete
That packaging is wonderful & such gorgeous mini-skeins! I've never made a scrappy blanket - or scrappy anything else for that matter - but seeing so many lovely mini-skeins online makes me want to make a scrappy project, just to use some :)ReplyDelete
I know what you mean. I've got two scrappy blankets on the go at the moment but I've seen lots of people making scrappy socks and I'm itching to make some myself. These sort of projects are great for using up leftovers.Delete
Very pretty new yarn.ReplyDelete
Well done the supplier on the packaging and keeping the postage low and recycle element too. The little box will be useful to keep and reuse if possible.
It's gorgeous yarn, pretty colours but so soft and lovely to work with too. I'm always pleased to see companies keeping postage costs low and using recyclable packaging.Delete
Love those yarns!xxxReplyDelete
They're so pretty and feminine, they'll look great in my blanket.Delete
Beautiful colours :)ReplyDelete
They are, I shall enjoy using them.Delete
Yes, they're so pretty.Delete
oh, they all look so nice! And how lovely they've thought about the packaging in the way that they have, it's works both ways of course, it'll encourage people to buy and return for more, but how lovely it's not just chucked in a plastic postal bag.ReplyDelete
I agree. Putting a bit of thought into how an item is sent can definitely encourage return custom. The yarn is gorgeous, so pretty.Delete