This new product is called The Billie Box. The Billie Box is a plastic storage box that either has one small port in the front, or one small port in the front and one long port on the side. You can put your yarn in the box and pull the end out through the port. This will keep your yarn clean and dust free. Plus you can store your yarn in the box when you are finished. If you like the idea of being able to store your yarn and use it at the same time then you need The Billie Box too.
The Billie Box is designed by Billie Morgan.
I had the privilege of talking to Billie on the phone. We had a wonderful conversation and she has an awesome personality. She is very passionate about the crafts she does, her pets, and her product. I really enjoyed speaking with Billie and finding out about how she came up with The Billie Box.
Although Billie has been crafting, with various materials, for almost 40 years, her all time favorite craft medium is yarn. Billie loves to use different yarn types, weights and colors, alone or blended together, to come up with unique patterns and all new textures. Her other hobby is cooking. She loves to use the motto "Love People, Cook Them Tasty Food".
Billie says on her website that due to her love of crocheting and yarn-crafts, she has balls and skeins of yarn scattered all over her home. Billie also has three cats that she fondly refers to as "the kids". She says that there are times when those two groups have combined and created a royal mess. Because of these mishaps, she decided that there had to be a better way to store and use her yarn. She searched online, to no avail, for a solution that would fit her needs. This is when "The Billie Box" was born. She says it solved the need to protect her yarn from the cats and kept the dust and such from getting all over it. It also allowed her to store it without having to move it from one storage unit to another. She loves that you can see all the colors and types of yarn at a glance. Billie decided that if she needed this product then others must too.
Here are a few questions I asked Billie about her product.
Q: How long ago was The Billie Box born?
A: I came up with the idea last summer.
Q: Do you make The Billie Boxes yourself, or do you have friends/family that help you?
A: I personally make each box
Q: How many different prototypes did you come up with before you settled on the two options that you now sell?
A: I had three prototypes.
Q: Do you plan to offer different colored boxes in the future?
A: I will have more colors for the side ports as I get more orders in. Blue and Purple are the next colors I am adding.
Q: How many Billie Boxes do you use yourself?
A: I usually have at least six boxes in use at any one time and about 15 for storage of yarns in waiting.
Q: What is your most favorite thing that you have ever made?
A: It would have to be each thing I create as I am working on it. This is because, I pore myself and all my love for the person who is receiving it into the item.
Billie offers two different forms of The Billie Box in her online store.
The Single Port Billie Box features a solid brass ring that prevents snagging of delicate yarn and helps the yarn come out smoothly.
The Dual Port Billie Box will fit a single 7oz skein of yarn or two 3oz rolled skeins. This box also features the fixed brass port in the front, and includes a slotted side port for larger yarns or quick changes. The slotted port comes in 4 different colors for you to choose from. Each features a cute little cat and a ball of yarn, as well as The Billie Box logo.
Black with Bronze Logo
White with Red Logo
Beige with Brown Logo
Bronze with Black Logo
I received the Dual Port box with the White with Red Logo Side port for review.
Let me just say that this is one of the most wonderful products that I have seen for yarn use and storage.
This is what it looks like from the front with a small skein of cotton yarn in it. I think you could get at least two or three more in there with it.
This is a view of the side port with the yarn pulled through. You could easily fit a pretty bulky yarn through there.
The Billie Boxes are also VERY affordable. Both options are under $10.00. So if you don't win one or, can't wait to find out if you did, run over to the website and order some today. My Billie Box is being used, at the moment, to hold two balls of yarn from a cowl that I just had to frog. Gotta love it when you are just almost finished with a project and you run out of yarn. Then, you go to the store to get more and guess what, "I'm sorry but that yarn has been discontinued." Ugh!! Now that I have the cowl frogged, I plan to make a scarf instead. The Billie Box will come in handy to keep those balls of yarn in while I am making my scarf.
If you would like to find out more about Billie and her Billie Box, you can visit her website. She not only has The Billie Box there, she also offers recipes and patterns. You can also reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now, one of you has the chance to win a Duel Port Billie Box for yourself.
How to enter:
*Leave me a comment with which port color option you will choose if you win. (Please include your email address so that we can get in touch with you if you win.)
*Leave a comment telling me how you would use The Billie Box if you win.
*Be a follower of this blog. Leaving me a comment letting me know how, and as who, you follow.
The winner will be picked at random and notified by email. (Make sure you leave an email address in your comment.) The winner will have up to 5 days to respond, if they do not respond at that time, a new winner will be picked, this will continue until we get a response. The Giveaway will run until 1/29/2012 and is for US residents only (due to shipping cost). Good Luck, spread the word and go comment.
***I received a Billie Box for review purposes only. I was not compensated for my review. All opinions are my own.***