There’s been some buzz about magic balls on some of the pod casts I watch and listen to lately. Our Simply Notable Ravelry Group even got excited enough about this to create a “Ball of Wonder” Swap where members made up magic balls from their own stash and sent them to one another!
I’ve always thought of magic balls as balls of yarn wound up with little prizes inside that fall out as you knit. But this is a different idea – joining scraps of the same weight but differing colors all together and winding it up into one continuous ball of yarn to knit a scrappy project with! So fun!
Yarns are pieced together with a Russian Join, which is quite easy to do. You simply thread your yarn onto a smallish yarn needle, then going back about 3 inches from the end, pull the needle through the core of the yarn, leaving a loop that you can thread your joining side to by doing the same thing. When they’re both in place, pull the ends tight to close the loops and secure the join. Then cut the extra pieces off. Once done, it’s difficult to even see the join!
It’s such a feeling of accomplishment to transform all those little balls of leftovers slowly into a full cake ready to knit.
and if you want to wind some little goodie up in the middle for a surprise, no knitter I know would object.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, knitters!