Friday, November 3, 2017

Yarn Review: Be Sweet Magic Ball

When the folks at Be Sweet yarns asked me to review Magic Ball, my immediate thought was that it would make a fabulous woven scarf! I asked if they could recommend some coordinating warp yarn as well, and they ended up sending me two skeins of Magic Ball in the Silver Lining colorway and 2 skeins of Mango Moon Yarns Di Lusso, a sparkly chainette yarn, in the Moonlight colorway.

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I hand't warped with a chainette yarn before, but it ended up being a great choice! I was a little worried it would be splitty, but that couldn't have been further from the truth. The yarn is very smooth and strong thanks to the blend of 48% Silk, 45% Viscose, 4% Lamé, and 3% Nylon. Each ball has about 65 yards, so I used nearly every bit of the two balls for my warp.

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Then came the fun part - weaving with the Magic Ball! I wound the first skein onto my stick shuttle and oohed and aahed over the succession of yarns, which the label describes as "a divine arrangement of hand dyed boucle and brushed mohair yarns tied with knobby, ribbon, and metallic goodies." That's a very apt description, so I won't even try to improve upon it!

Getting to the next yarn in the skein ended up being a huge motivator as I wove, and it was really fun to see how each type of yarn behaved once it was woven - there were some very pleasant surprises along the way! For example, I have always wondered how ribbon would look when woven (answer: pretty darn cool), and I really liked how the mohair played with the smooth, sparkly warp. However, this bit of yarn ended up being my favorite:

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It only took one skein of Magic Ball to finish this scarf, which makes this a fairly affordable project (Di Lusso retails at $16 per skein and Magic Ball retails at $31.49, so the grand total is $63.49).

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Magic Ball is a truly unique yarn with a great story, and there are some great knitting patterns using the yarn, too - I especially like this free cowl pattern. And if you'd like to add a touch of bling to your next project, be sure to check out Di Lusso!

ETA: Click here for a more in-depth discussion of how this project was woven on a rigid heddle loom! 

You may like to know: these yarns were provided free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.


2 comments:

  1. Beautiful, what are the measurements of the finished scarf? I have a magic ball that I've never been sure what to do with, but this looks like fun.

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    1. Hi Christine, sorry for missing this comment, but you can find more specific project details (including measuements) here: https://www.besweetproducts.com/2017/11/07/weave-glitzy-scarf-sweet-magic-ball/

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