A single ball of BFL spun worsted and dyed with dye from avocado stones (thanks Lindy) lay about until I got my (first) copy of Spin-off (09 summer edition). The requirements for a slip-stitch neck warmer fit this little lot (5 sts and 7 rows = 1") and luckily, there is just enough to make the length suggested (about 82 gms).
The pattern seems to suit the slightly strange pearly-pink yarn and I have 3 dark brown buttons to attach when it's ready. Feels nice too.
Almost finished my weird doggy/alpaca multi-colored scarf - just need to rob a little more doggie down - up on the table there Oisin!