Review about sample yarn skeins

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A sample skeins of yarn subscription may be right for you if you're interested in fine yarns and want to see and touch samples before purchasing full-size skeins for cochet or knit or other projects using yarn.

Last year, I signed up for Elann's 52 sample skeins of yarn subscription - 1 for each week of the year. When I subscribed, I was eager to see what types of yarn were available and thought I could use the samples in a Freeform Crochet project.

The sample skeins are too small to really do anything (other than Freeform) with since there isn't enough to make a hat or scarf with. The skeins are too different to be used for a scrap blanket, although I suppose sample skeins of the same weight and material (acrylic, wool, etc.) could be combined into a smaller scrap yarn item (hat, scarf, purse, etc.).

The typical crochet project I make is a lap-size afghan using Red Heart or other inexpensive yarn. I then donate the completed lap blankets (since one household can have only so many afghans!).

Since I'm not interested in using fine (and more expensive) yarns for give-away blankets and I don't have much need for more sweaters or other wearables for myself, I won't be purchasing another subscription.

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How many yards would you say come in each sample skein? I've been thinking about buying a subscription for myself but your honesty may have changed my mind! Thank you for sharing this, it is very helpful! :)

Hi, Joy - You're welcome! Let's see... The length of the sample skein depends on the weight of the yarn strands - thinner is longer than thick. I measured the length of 2 sample skeins:

1. Similar to Lion Brand Microspun in texture and thickness: 345 inches
2. Thicker: similar to Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky: 172.5 inches

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Enjoys crocheting, gardening, cats, NASCAR (especially Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch!), reading, photography, snorkeling in Kailua-Kona with sea turtles, Sizzler's Mega Bacon Cheeseburgers, hot and iced decaf coffee, dark chocolate, color (yarn, fabric), playing around with web technologies - not necessarily in that order! Still very much a beginner with quilting, knitting, and sewing. Donates crocheted lap blankets.

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