Last year I got "access" to a yarn club. I wish I had the description in front of me because it was basically everything I like in life. Nice colors. Semisolids.
I'd been waitlisted so it was super exciting to get my Paypal invoice. That's how I knew I'd made it in to the club. I'd been following the chat hyping it and I remember thinking, wow, if the yarn matches the pictures, then it'll be super awesome... but I also kept a really open mind as to what I would get in the end.
It was my BIG birthday present to myself. We couldn't really afford it so I put it on the, da da dum, credit card, with permission. You know, the one we keep for things like EMERGENCIES.
So I charged something like $150 to an emergency card because I expected it all to be all that and a bag of chips and more... and wound up being disappointed... every single shipment. The first one -- washed out mint green something or other that reminded the fiber artist of melting snow in a particular mine in some state. OOOOOOKKKKKKAAAAAAYYYY. Nice, um, but not my style and not what I was expecting.
And it continued from there.
I should have expected my disappointment. I am very particular about my colors. VERY. And everything I got was really nice (seriously -- even the mint green stuff) and would have more than floated someone's boat... but to me it was just ehhhh. Again, I'd spent a LOT of money on something I thought would satisfy my fancy yarn urge for the YEAR so I was really kinda let down. And... I'd been led to believe -- from reading other yarn club descriptions -- that most threw in some fun freebie stuff... pencils, pads, coupla tootsie rolls, ya know, supercheap stuff to make the buyer feel loved. This one threw in a discount coupon for a pattern. That's it. Thanks, but a dollar off a sock pattern I had never wanted to knit in the first place doesn't make your yarn club super.
The way the club was operated wasn't as well as I expected either. The last two shipments -- one remains -- were all over a month late. With no apology and no notification via email. Eventually a Ravelry post was made but it was about a month after the ship deadline. I have trouble with my post office so I couldn't tell if it was the yarn club or the crackheads delivering our mail. In all honesty I thought I was going to have to file a paypal dispute for the goods.
While the fiber artist knew her original audience, she opened up her club to the world and sadly I didn't belong in it. So not her fault but I got sucked in on the promise of a dream...
I'm not blaming anyone for my disappointment nor am I selling or trading the skeins just yet -- I think Hunter/Aden may want one to be a hat or scarf or socks one day so in stash they will remain. I think that the ambiguity in Mystery Yarn Clubs is not what I want. I need to know what I am physically buying (in real form and not imagined artist fancy( and am gonna have to sit any offers out going forward.
Anyway, I tried it. And was sorely disappointed -- during a very hard year. So I won't be doing it again. Which fortunately ties in to the goal this year which is to knit from stash -- so I gotta get cracka-lackin on that.