Be Sweet Magic Ball

November 2017

I received a sample of Be Sweet Magic Ball in the Highland Heathers color for review.

Be Sweet was founded on the principle of being kind to others. Nadine Curtis created Be Sweet in 2003 while living in Cape Town, South Africa. In May of 2015, Laurie Cook purchased Be Sweet and relocated the company to Owosso, Michigan.

Be Sweet’s mission; to bring socially and environmentally friendly products to fashionable consumers that evoke an individual style and help support community development around the world.Be Sweet works with job creation programs to give artisans the confidence and the means to support themselves and their families in otherwise economically depressed regions. “I started Be Sweet to support innovative craft that can be made by those less fortunate. Our products embody the ideals of beauty, creativity, and resourcefulness.”

Magic Ball yarn is a divine arrangement of hand dyed boucle and brushed mohair yarns tied with knobby, ribbon, and metallic goodies.  Its available in 50 different lovely colors!

Contents: Mixed fibers including baby mohair, merino wool, ribbon, and more
Weight: 50g Yardage: 90-95 yards (87 m) varies depending on contents
Gauge: 14 stitches and 20 rows over 4” in stockinette
Needle Size: US 9 (5.5mm)
Hand wash, dry flat

I knit a cowl out of this yarn and it was truly a divine knit!  I love the finished item and it was so fun to knit with this funky yarn.  I used the Magic Cowl pattern on Ravelry by Yarn Garden – its free!

This was a quick knit and would be a great gift for a knitter or non-knitter … just make sure they adhere to the hand wash and dry flat instructions!

This yarn is a “Magic Ball” in that the sections are knotted together, I had no issues with joins and nothing came apart while knitting or washing/soaking.  The coils and ribbons that fell on the inside while knitting I popped through to the front and they remained there after washing.  I wound the skein by hand over a felted wool ball – I did not run it through my wool winder because of the extra bits, ribbons and coils.  It was very easy to wind and took no time at all!  Some extra attention is needed while knitting so that you are not inserting the needle tip into a boucle loop, but this yarn is so fun to knit you’ll want to take it slow and savor every inch anyway!

Yarn provided by Be Sweet in conjunction with Stitch Craft Marketing.

Louet Gems Yarn

March 2017

I received a sample of Louet Gems Worsted yarn for review.

This yarn is worsted spun with a light twist to minimize pilling while maintaining high elasticity. Its then steams to give it a super soft feel to the touch. The main line for Gems comes in Worsted, Sport and Fingering in 29 colors.

Fingering (50 gr skeins) 185 yd/sk -Super Fine #1 (US 2/3), 6.5-7.5 sts/in
Sport (100 gr skeins) 225 yd/sk – Fine #2 (US 3-5), 5-6 sts/in
Light Worsted (100 gr skeins) 175 yd/sk – Light#3 (US 5-7), 4.5-5 sts/in

As 100% Merino Wool this yarn does indeed have a very soft hand.  It is machine washable and dryable.

This yarn was a joy to work with.  It is super soft and smooth.  It performed well for Brioche.  I completed the Rosenkranz hat.  It has excellent stitch definition and blocked out really well.

Reviewed on Episode 144

Yarn provided by Louet in conjunction with Stitch Craft Marketing.