How to Buy
How to Buy
Almost A Ball
It’s almost, but not quite, a ball. It’s really shaped like an
English candy called a humbug (or so I’ve been told). But no matter what
the shape is called, this is a wonderful toy for baby or a toddler,
especially when it includes a rattle. And as a beanbag, it’s great for
games and the small size is perfect for juggling (confirmed by juggling
friends - Thanks, John & Burke!). There are several variations of the pattern –
it can be small or large, it can be longer than it is wide or not, and it
can also be fulled (felted) or not.
The size varies with the size yarn and needles that you
choose. The unfulled models shown in the photo are made of sport weight
yarn and the large "long" humbug is 6.5 by 4.5 inches. The small
"short" humbug is 2.5 by 2 inches.
Advanced beginner – you must know how to work
Equal amounts of 2 colors of yarn of the fiber of your choice
(washable is good for a baby toy). If you wish to full (felt) your humbug,
you must use 100% animal fiber that is NOT machine washable. Yardage
needed varies depending on size of yarn and needles you choose. For
example, for the sport weight yarn models in the photo – for the
"long" humbugs, I used about 12 yards of each color for the
small and about 40 yards of each color for the large; and for the fulled
(felted) large humbug I used about 50 yards of each color.
solid, heathered, variegated, hand painted colors, etc.
– solid or heathered colors. It’s best not to use yarns with
multicolors within the same yarn for the CC or the side seam might be
NEEDLES: Choose a size to make a firm stockinette fabric (check the
ball band for suggested needle size). I find it best to use about 1 needle
size smaller than I would for a sweater made of the same yarn. If you want
to full (felt) the humbug, you can use a needle size 3-4 sizes larger than
you would otherwise. For example, for the sport weight yarn models I used
size 3 needles for unfulled humbugs and size 7 needles for fulled humbugs.
Darning needle to weave in ends.
yarn for a stitch holder (optional).
of smooth cotton or other unshrinkable yarn if you choose to full
Optional rattle – small pill or other plastic
bottle, 2-3 small buttons or dried beans, waterproof glue
Stuffing – carded wool fleece or polyester
fiberfill or dried beans or rice (dried beans or rice makes the object
Unimportant, just make sure the stockinette fabric
is firm (but not stiff). For example, my stockinette gauge with sport
weight yarn is about 40 stitches per 4 inches on size 3 needles, on
size 7 needles it’s about 23 stitches per 4 inches.
before seams sewn
inside, before seams sewn
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