Handmade provides free yarn to use. The yarns have been generously donated by yarn companies, local yarn stores, or from people's own yarn stash. Multi-strands of diverse yarns are combined in creative and colorful ways, the volunteers call them "magic balls" because they become such beautiful scarves. Handmade requests a donation to cover the cost of shipping which has become a considerable cost to them nowadays and is their biggest (and almost only) expense.
I sent off a donation via Paypal and a few days later received a box of eight magic ball kits. I'll have to say I am usually not a fan of fun fur, eyelash yarn, or other types of "novelty" yarns but I was instantly charmed and smitten by these magic yarn balls. The color, the texture, the softness - it all made me smile.
I had to make a little purchase before I started knitting as the soft, lofty scarves require being knit on large-sized needles:
|Bambucha (big!) needles: US15 (10mm) & US17 (12.5mm)|
For the next two weeks I happily knit one comfort scarf after another on my bambucha US 17 needles. On such large needles the scarf only required 10 stitches across. I knit until the yarn ran out for a recommended finished size of 4 inches wide by 60 inches long. On the back of the "Handmade with love especially for you" tag I personalized (handcrafted with aloha) and signed my name and attached it to the finished scarf. The scarves are soft as a cloud, cozy, and colorful.
I mailed the finished scarves back to Handmade Especially for You. I'm looking forward to my next box of Magic Balls of Love.