When the phone rings too early...

Jun 24, 2006

Sunny morning, with coffee... like at 6:30am... there's nothing to do but wake up and enjoy the lovely morning.

And, really, how could I not enjoy it? After three days of sitting in one spot working on the issue, I'm thrilled with it and I'm also excited to get off this couch (after I spend an hour or so debugging some glitches).


In addition to creating a depression in the sofa cushion, I have been crocheting. In fact, for the first time in a while, I found myself at TNNA absolutely itching to stick my hook into yarn. See, I was lucky enough to score a Magic Ball from Be Sweet Yarns (in the Quarry Stone colourway). I wound it up right away, but didn't get a chance to play with it until I was on the plane coming home. So I sat in my aisle seat, listened to four episodes of Cast On, and crocheted the longest swatch I've ever made. I worked it in extended single crochet (esc), a stitch I grew to love when I was crocheting the hats for the TYV book last year.

Be Sweet Magic Ball, swatch versionI rarely have the patience to sit still and swatch for the sake of swatching, so I really enjoyed being stuck in one spot with nothing better to do. I loved seeing how the different yarns behaved, and I was satisfied to have spent the quiet time working this up. Granted, it came out an ugly patchwork.

So I ripped it out (painstakingly), rewound it, and will soon work a scarf lengthwise. This is an excellent exercise in getting the most out of a $40 ball of yarn. The component yarns are yummy; I'll have had eight hours of delightful crochet time; I'll have made the equivalent of about 13 swatches; I'll have a lovely scarf in the end.

Stay tuned, my sweets.

Be Sweet Magic Ball, swatch version

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cecily wrote
on Jun 24, 2006 3:11 PM

Oooh. Gotta get my hook into my own Be Sweet samples. For a patchwork, I think your swatch looks pretty sweet, certainly photogenic:) How long a piece do you think you can get working lengthwise?

on Jun 24, 2006 10:04 PM

I think the huge swatch was 9 stitches across - about four inches, or maybe five. It was long enough to hang around my neck and reach about my hip bone. So I figure I'll do a slightly longer scarf lengthwise, and it'll end up a bit skinnier. Though I'm toying with working it in plain-old sc...

Amy wrote
on Jun 24, 2006 10:48 PM

Awesome! I haven't started playing with mine yet--but I planned on trying it out lengthwise too--great minds :-)

jana wrote
on Jun 25, 2006 1:54 PM

not too shabby kim:)

Lucy wrote
on Jun 26, 2006 1:08 PM

I've never seen that before...that is sooooo cool!

redheadskydiver wrote
on Jul 11, 2006 1:08 PM

I had a ball that I did in scarf very similar to your swatches except I did it in double crochets, I think it was 7 stiches across, and I used a size S, crochet hook, HUGE. But it's nice and open and airy and really shows off all the wonderful yarns. I tried it lengthwise and I just thought it lost too much of the feel of the individual yarns that way.