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    Crochet Mini Animals Kit Review

    Unopened Crochet Mini Animals Kit next to a tea and crochet accessories
    All opinions are my own. This page may contain affiliate links.

    This week I’m reviewing the brand new kit Crochet Mini Animals: 12 Tiny Projects for Animal Lovers by Thuy Duong.

    Thunder Bay Books is releasing a new kit called Crochet Mini Animals on February 25th, 2020 in North America. The designer, Thuy Duong has created 12 mini crochet amigurumi project designs for this kit Each design is less than 2″ tall.

    When I first took a look at this kit, I noticed all the thread included with the kit. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that there are enough materials provided in this box to make all 12 of the crochet mini animals in this kit. The Crochet Mini Animals kit also includes all of the following:

    • a 1mm (U.S. size 12) crochet hooks
    • 24 seed beads to be used as eyes,
    • a tapestry needle
    • crochet cotton thread in seven different colours
    • embroidery floss in 3 different colours
    • wire
    • stuffing for your crochet mini animals
    • Crochet Mini Animals pattern book

    It seems like a lot to be fitting into this little box!

    materials included in the crochet mini animals kits lined up next to eachother

    Here are all the crochet mini animals that you can make with this kit:

    • Cat
    • Elephant
    • Giraffe
    • Poodle
    • Blackbird
    • Swan
    • Lamb
    • Llama
    • Sloth
    • Koala
    • Hedgehog
    • Panda
    The back of the crochet mini animals kit

    The Crochet Mini Animals pattern book is really comprehensive and includes step-by-step instructions to help you get the best results possible for your project. It goes through basic stitch instructions as well as instructions for various techniques used in the projects in the book. The patterns were clear and easy to read. Pictures are included with each project to illustrate different techniques to guide you through the process.

    The materials in the Crochet Mini Animals kit seem to be of good quality. I had no issues with the thread breaking and the crochet hook is made of steel. The materials were organized and tidy when I opened the kit. I loved that the stuffing is vaccuum sealed so that it takes up less room in the box. I kind of expected there to be a stitch marker in the box given that it’s relied upon in amigurumi patterns and it’s called for in the patterns however, one wasn’t included in the kit. This wasn’t a big deal since I used other thread from the kit to mark my stitches.

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    Inside pages of the pattern book included in the crochet mini animals kit next to the materials included in the kit.

    If you’ve been considering giving mini crochet a try to see if you’d enjoy it, this kit would be a great way to try it out without much investment. Since everything you need is in the kit, you could make all the projects in the kit and decide if it’s something you enjoy doing.

    I think it’s great that these kits are available and they’d be good for travelling. Since this kit has eveything to make 12 different projects, you could just pack this kit and a pair of scissors and have everything you’d need for a trip. These little projects would make really great key chains. I personally want to make either the black bird or the sloth for my keychain.

    This kit is expected to be available to purchase on Amazon as of February 25, 2020. You can grab a copy of your own HERE.

    Thanks to Thunder Bay Press for sending this kit over for me to review. We’re giving away another crochet kit called Super Cute Crochet over on Instagram! Head on over to my Instagram on March 2nd @Theloopylamb to find out how you can enter to win your very own Super Cute Crochet Kit.

    Super Cute Crochet Kit Image

    Have you tried mini crochet before? I’d love to hear what you thought. Let me know in the comments below.

    If you like amigurumi projects, check out some of my free amigurumi projects: Penny the Bunny Cactus, Wanda the Whale and Ned the Narwhal, Buttons the Bunny, Clawdia Cat, Derek the Dinosaur, Kaya Koala.

  • Product Reviews

    Knitcrate Unboxing and Review

    Open Knitcrate Subscription box showing purple yarn, pattern book and stitch markerThis post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

    This month, I received my first-ever subscription box – the October 2019 Knitcrate. I’ve been interested in the possibility of getting a subscription box but wasn’t sure what kind to get. Honestly, a lot of them come with stuff that although it may be kind of cool, I would never use. When I found out about yarn subscription boxes, I knew I had to get one. Yarn delivered to my door every month? Yeah, I’m obviously signing up for that. After some research, I found Knitcrate. I was intrigued after checking them out online and decided to contact them to try it out. Once I received it, I obviously wanted to share with you my Knitcrate unboxing and review of the October 2019 Knitcrate.

    Knitcrate Unboxing: What Comes in a Knitcrate anyway?

    Every month Knitcrate sends you one or more skeins of premium yarn and a pattern book with both a knit and crochet pattern using the yarn you received in your box. I’m not sure if every crate includes a little surprise, but my crate also came with a cute little locking stitch marker. Additional to the items that come in the Knitcrate, members receive 25% purchases made in the online store at Knitcrate.com.

    Use code LOOPY20 to get 20% off your first crate HERE.

    Knitcrate unboxing and review
    *Please note the hook did not come with the crate*

    Why Knitcrate?

    One of the reasons I was intrigued by Knitcrate was the number of options available for your Knitcrate. Knitcrate.com offers the regular Knitcrate box, a Sock Crate for sock knitters and two different crates that they offer inconjunction with Malabrigo and something called Mrs. Crosby Travels Quarterly crate. I looked into the regular Knitcrate and from there, you have more options.

    Each Knitcrate is curated to fit a “vibe”. The “vibes” to choose from are “Energize Me”, “All Natural”, “Chill Out” and “Anything Goes”.Each vibe speaks to a set of colours that the yarn you receive will be selected from. Energize Me is for those that love bright, bold colours. All Natural is for those that have an affinity for earth tones and neutrals. Chill Out is a collection of relaxing tones like blues, greens and purples. And Anything Goes is for the adventurous spirit that wants to be surprised with what they receive every month. Knitcrate provides a colour pallete image for each selection so you have an idea of what you can expect for each selection.

    Knitcrate provides a colour pallete image for each selection so you have an idea of what you can expect for each selection.

    If you would like to support my blog, you can do so by doing your regular shopping on Amazon. As an Amazon affiliate, I earn a small commission on qualifying purchases made through my Amazon link, which in turn helps to support the blog so I can keep bringing you patterns and great content like this for free.

    Close up of the stitch marker included in the October 2019 Knitcrate

    What is the yarn like?

    The yarn that came in my October Knitcrate is GORGEOUS. My Knitcrate came with two skeins of yarn. When I first opened the box, I was surprised by the size of the skeins and just how gorgeous the colour was. The rich purple colour is heather with pink hues and it is just beautiful. I got the Chill Out box this month and the yarn is called Vidalana Ascendance in the colourway Tassel. It’s 100% fine peruvian highland wool. It is a sport weight chainette style yarn and each skein comes with 328 yards. My first impressions upon taking it out of the box was that the yarn was very soft and it has some serious squish factor.

    Knitcrate review 2019

    I’m really impressed with the amount of yarn I received in the box. I think it’s great that there is not just enough yarn to make the patterns in the book but should I choose not to use the pattern in the book, I’ve got enough to make something else.

    October 2019 Knitcrate Review - Vidalana Ascendance Yarn in the Colourway Tassel.

    What kind of patterns came with the Knitcrate?

    The October Knitcrate I received came with a pattern book and at the front of the book, it shows which yarn was included in the different Knitcrate boxes for this month and it gives you the story behind the yarn I received. The book for this month includes a knitting pattern for a pretty shawl by Aimee Hanson and a crochet pattern for a Bundling Blanket and Bonnet Set. The book includes the patterns for the sock crates too so although the patterns aren’t meant for the yarn you received, you still get the patterns which is cool.

    Picture of the pattern book that comes in the October 2019 Knitcrate

    Overall Thoughts on my first Knitcrate Unboxing and Review

    I am seriously impressed with my first Knitcrate. The yarn is gorgeous, the patterns look clear and easy to make and I also got this cute little stitch marker. If you’re considering getting a yarn subscription box, I definitely recommend checking Knitcrate out.

    Get a discount on your first Knitcrate

    Knitcrate has offered my followers a 20% discount off your first subscription box using the code LOOPY20. You can check out Knitcrate though this link HERE.

    Curious about what a knitcrate is and what comes in it?  Check out my unboxing and unbiased review of the October 2019 Knitcrate.

    Thanks for reading my Knitcrate unboxing and review! If you enjoy reading reviews, be sure to check out my Dinosaurs to Crochet Book Review and my Snuggle and Play Crochet Book Review.