Wandering the aisles of MDK World Headquarters, I usually detour through the sock yarn department. We’re getting in new sock yarns pretty often these days, so one of my favorite procrastination techniques is to go see what’s new.
It’s Field Research. It’s Product Development.
OK, it’s just me gearing up for my next pair of stockinette socks.
Zauberballs always stop me in my tracks. They’re magic and crazy and they harmonize even when you think they can’t. One ball contains dozens of colors.
We’ve had knitters inquire recently about the difference between Zauberball and Zauberball Crazy.
Such a good question!
While similar, they are Not The Same. It’s the difference between lemon and lime, chocolate and mocha, strawberry shortcake and strawberry pie.
What’s the Diff?
Plies. It’s all about the plies.
Zauberballs use one ply of yarn. The color shifts slowly and surely, and two colors will overlap as the fibers in the single ply shift from one color to the next.
Zauberball: Note the relatively consistent stretches of color.
Zauberball Crazy uses two plies of yarn dyed separately, then twisted together. All of a sudden, the colors twist and tangle much more often. Wild stuff, I tell you.
Zauberball Crazy: Two plies mean barber-pole wackiness all day long.
Clearly, a knitter needs both of these sock experiences. My socks never match when I’m knitting Zauberball and Zauberball Crazy, but they rhyme so well. Like bike and trike.
Knit Stars Is Superjuicy This Year
This week marks the earlybird sale of the new season of Knit Stars, the online knitting seminar. We’re pointing it your way because we think it’s a program worth joining—we were Knit Stars ourselves in Season 3, and we love their mission of opening up accessibility to great knitting workshops, the top-quality instruction, and the beautiful production values. Season 6 is going to feature so many people we work with and admire.
In the mix this year will be faces that are familiar to you as an MDK reader. The lineup includes MDK Field Guide designers Jeanette Sloan, Kaffe Fassett, and Brandon Mably. And Dana Williams-Johnson will be teaching as well—she writes for MDK each month, delivering equal parts wisdom, joy, and patterns to add to your queue.
Also included are:
Nina Machlin Dayton
Signups happen now, at a good price, and the actual three-week program of online classes will run in the fall.
Here’s our affiliate link, which will take you to the Knit Stars site telling you all about Knit Stars 6.0—including a very inviting preview video.
MDK makes a commission when you sign up via that affiliate link. We’re grateful for your support.
In the interest of Market Research (aka a little coffee break), here’s a giveaway.
What’s your favorite color of Zauberball or Zauberball Crazy?
The prize? Your very own Zauber in your favorite color.
How to enter? Two steps:
Step 1: Sign up for our weekly newsletter, Snippets, right here. If you’re already subscribed, you’re set.
Step 2: Leave a comment below with your favorite color of Zauberball or Zauberball Crazy.
Deadline for entries: Sunday, May 9, 11:59 PM Central time. We’ll draw a random winner from the entries. Winner will be notified by email.