Lion Brand Mystery Box Yarn Haul: The Good, The OK, and The Ugly

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After about three weeks, I finally received my Lion Brand mystery yarn boxes.  If you didn’t see these, they are basically a box of yarn that includes nine skeins (three per brand) of Lion Brand yarn, and the only thing you get to choose is the weight category.  The rest is a surprise! The best part about it is the boxes had a retail value of up to $65, but were on sale for $9.99!  It was too good to pass up, so I got one box in each weight category (3, 4, 5, and 6).  Obviously there was a chance I would end up with something I hated, but the price was so low that it would be worth it even if I only liked one of the yarns.  Luckily, most of what I got was great! Read on to find out more about each box… (Clicking on the image will take you to the yarn’s page at lionbrand.com)

Starting with the weight 3 box, the yarns I received were Angora Merino in Pewter, Color Waves in Newsprint, and Ice Cream in Vanilla Bean.  This box was my overall favorite because the yarns are all soft, and they’re all in neutral colors that I’ll definitely use.  

Angora merino is so soft, it might be my favorite out of all the yarn I got! Sadly, it’s discontinued on the Lion Brand website.

 

Color waves is a wool/acrylic blend with a decent amount of yardage.

 

Ice Cream is 100% acrylic but surprisingly soft.

 

The weight 4 box was my second favorite, and it included Heartland in Denali, Keppi in Little Boy Blue, and Textures in Mountain Dawn.  I love the Heartland yarn because it’s super soft for an acrylic and it’s a lovely color! The pink may not be for everyone but it fits my style 🙂  The Keppi yarn wouldn’t have been my first choice, but I’m glad I got blue (not neon orange or yellow- ew!).  It came with a matted looking pompom that I won’t be using and it has some weird fuzzy parts that I’ll have to cut out, but I color-wise I think it will make a cute hat or cowl.  The Textures yarn is also interesting, it looks kind of like a much thinner version of Homespun.  The only annoying thing about it is that one skein looks like a different color, but the labels say they’re the same! Overall nothing in this box was unusable, so it’s a win. 

I love this color…

 

Minus the gross pompom, which might be why it’s discontinued.

 

See the color difference?

 

The weight 5 box was my least favorite.  It contained Woolspun in Tomato, Unique in Harvest, and Pelt in Red Fox.  The Woolspun is not bad, it has a decent texture and a vibrant color.  Red is not my first color choice, but it’s still usable.  The Unique is actually really pretty to me, I think it’s a great color for fall.  It’s also really soft for acrylic yarn.  Now, remember the “Ugly” in the title of this post? That’s where the Pelt yarn comes in.  This is probably some of the most hideous yarn I’ve ever seen!  First of all, it’s furry, so that makes it basically unusable for any clothing items, and it also has a plastic-y feeling acrylic texture.  Then, there’s the color.  If it was brown, it could have made a cute teddy bear or something, but I don’t think anyone would want a reddish pink and black teddy bear… Rant over.  The first two yarns from this box were pretty good, but nothing can make up for that unusable mess that will be stuffed in the back of my stash, never to see the light of day again.

A nice bright red.

 

Perfect for fall!

 

Look at this… Can you imagine paying $6 for it? 🤢

 

Finally, the weight 6 box came with Hometown USA in El Paso Autumn, Gold Leaf in Black Silver, and Zaps in Atomic Blue.  I’m happy I got the Hometown USA yarn as I’ve used it before and liked it.  The color is also another one that will be great for fall!  The Gold Leaf yarn is kind of weird, it’s a plain black yarn with shiny silver painted on.  It’s not my favorite, but I’m sure I can find something to use it for.  The last yarn from this box was the blue Zaps yarn.  I’m not a huge fan of the texture or the color, but after the Pelt yarn from the last box, anything is better than that 😂  I think the right pattern could make it an interesting statement accessory (if you want to be seen from space!).

Another pretty fall color…

 

Painted yarn is an interesting concept, but I’m not sure if I’m a fan.

 

So bright… This one is actually discontinued (why the Pelt yarn isn’t remains a mystery…)

 

Overall, I’m happy with the yarn I got out of these mystery boxes and I would definitely reorder if they ever have this sale again.  The price was unbeatable even with a few weird yarns thrown in, and 90% of the yarn I received will be used in upcoming projects.  The hardest part will be deciding what to make first!  On that note, my first patterns will be released tomorrow, and many more are in the works.  If you want to hear more about them, follow me on Instagram or join my Ravelry group, Yarn Has My Heart Insiders 🙂 Thanks for reading!