I know I'm not familiar with every brand of yarn, but I feel like I'm pretty well-versed with what the area craft stores carry. But this brand...I'd never seen it before. A bright-colored label, boasting pretty flowers, ferns, a ball of yarn and knitting needles told me the brand was called "Crafter's Secret". Whatever Crafter's Secret was, I needed to be let in on it, then and there.
I picked up a brilliant turquoise blue skein of Crafter's Secret yarn and took a closer look at the label. "Who makes this wonderfully packaged, colorful skein of yarn?" I wondered. A turn of the label was all I needed to find the answer: Hobby Lobby. It was one of Hobby Lobby's own brands.
Admittedly, I've not used a lot of Hobby Lobby brand yarns. I'm currently working on my second project with their "I Love This Cotton" and have to say it's the softest cotton yarn I've ever used, and I really, really like it. Knowing that a purchase of any of the Crafter's Secret yarns would be based purely on "want" and not "need", I selected these four skeins and added them to my already overflowing shopping basket.
In this post about my early springtime projects, I shared the above picture. Soon after, I received several emails as well as questions through social media about Crafter's Secret -- what was it? Where did it come from? What colors did the yarn come in? Was it true that Hobby Lobby was going to do away with other brands and only sell there's? They were all good questions, and I wanted to know the answers just as much as everyone else did. So the writer/researcher in me went to work.
Yesterday, I connected with a very nice customer service specialist at Hobby Lobby whom we'll call A. I enlisted A's help so I could dig deeper and find out for myself and everyone else what the low-down was on Crafter's Secret. Here's what I learned:
Information on Crafter's Secret Yarn
- Crafter's Secret is indeed a Hobby Lobby brand and will be sold only at Hobby Lobby stores.
- Area buyers have sole discretion over the yarns each store carries. There's no way to shed light on which yarns will be carried and which ones won't due to the fact that stock varies per area.
- At this time, there are 34 colors in the Crafter's Secret line.
- At the time of purchase, in a Chicago area store, I paid $2.99 for each 7-ounce (199 grams) skein.
And that's where the contest and giveaway come in!
While talking to Hobby Lobby Customer Service Specialist A., I requested a list of color names so I would be able to tell you how many color choices there are and what they are. I'm going to give you all the color names (except one that's abbreviated and is even a mystery to me...I couldn't crack the code!), which leads to the contest....
How to Play
- Look over the color names, and guess the names of the four skeins of yarn pictured in this post.
- In the comment area, leave your guess in the order the skeins are pictured, from top to bottom.
- You may guess as often as you wish, with each guess being in a separate comment.
- Guesses will be taken until the end of the day on Wednesday (April 2nd).
- Whomever guesses them all correctly (or comes closest), wins!
Now I'd love to say that the prize is four skeins of Crafter's Secret but, unfortunately, I'm overseas now and can't get to a Hobby Lobby to buy and ship it. Instead, I will give the winner a PDF copy of my first two crochet pattern eBooks, Crochet Crazy Baby Cocoon & Matching Hat Patternsand Four Infinity Scarf Patterns to Keep You Warm.If there are many, many contestants, I'll probably be inclined to give a copy of one to the runner-up, as well. But there's got to be more than at least 10 guessers for that. The color list is below.
Crafter's Secret Colors:
SKU# Color Name
704890 ALPINE SNOW
401778 KYOTO PEARL
411561 PEARL FLECK
548982 SAMOAN SAND
705277 MAGNOLIA WAY
109157 BRISBANE BROWN
763102 HONEY RIDER
233643 SUMMER MAGIC
317404 I LOVE CAMO!
705640 I'M JEALOUS
669077 BIG APPLE RED
705558 BLACK CHERRY
591768 CKFLKCHERRY (this is the mystery one I can't figure out, maybe you can!)
316992 ARE WE THERE YET?
549006 MIAMI BEAT!
705665 LIL BUTTERCUP
516807 GONE WISHIN'
669085 A GRAPE FIT!
705293 BLUE MOON
705319 MIDNIGHT TEAL
317412 ROAD HOUSE BLUES
500926 RUSSIAN NAVY
232553 CASTLE ROCK
So, now you know the secret of Crafter's Secret. If you've got a Hobby Lobby near you, I encourage you to give it a try. My four luscious skeins will be made into a summer afghan in bright, happy colors that remind me of flower, the beach, carefree summer days and the wind blowing in my hair. I look forward to hearing what you think of Crafter's Secret, and...
Let the contest begin!!
UPDATE: And the winner is....Quiltzyx (aka Sue) who guessed two of the four names correctly! Congratulations Sue!
From top to bottom, the yarn colors I have pictures are:
- Splash (turquoise blue)
- Passion (raspberry pink)
- Are We There Yet? (orange)
- Miami Beat! (yellow)