This morning there was a knock on my door at 7.15am. Who on earth could be calling at this time of the morning? The postman of course!
He handed me a rather big cardboard box and went on his way. What could this be I wondered, I wasn't expecting anything. "Mum, what have you ordered this time?" came the cries from my daughters.
Well, nothing. (this time). Looking carefully at the label I realised it was from my new blog friend Joan of the adventures of Maya , now I got excited.
So I plonked on my bed and proceeded to open the box. I was totally blown away by the contents.
There was a note book, a scrap book kit, a memo pad, and a gorgeous bag containing, stickers, soap, printed tissues and a bracelet. The bag supports a breast cancer fund (something that is very poignant to me) and the beads are made by and help support women in Africa.
I wasn't expecting this parcel today and I want to say a big Thank You to Joan for the thought she put into my gifts. You are a one in a million friend and I am so glad I commented on your first blog and have started to get to know you. if you were here in the UK and not in USA I'd give you a big hug, so instead I'm sending them out in cyberspace. You have brightened up my day no end.
I am so amazed at how generous and caring my new blog friends are. I love you all.
Now onto the promised pattern for Boing!
Assorted colours of DK yarn
3mm knitting needles
Small piece of felt for eyes2 buttons for eyes
Instructions. (make 2)
I made stripes of varying widths on Boing’s body. The graph pattern for mine is below, but play around with the stripes to get a look that suits you. I also knitted in some beads just for fun.
- Cast on 15 stitches in your favourite method. (I use the thumb method)
- Work in stocking stitch for 6 rows.
- Cast on 5 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows. 25 stitches
- Work in stocking stitch for 32 rows.
- Decrease 1 stitch at either end of next and following 4 alternate rows.15 stitches.
- Purl 1 row
- Knit 5, cast off 5, knit 5. You will now work on these 5 stitches to do first ear.
- Work 4 rows in stocking stitch
- Dec 1 stitch at either end of next row.
- Cast off.
- Rejoin yarn to second ear and complete to match first.
To make up.
The base is shaped to form a "paper bag bottom".With right sides together join the cast on edges at the base. Join side seams and across the top and ears leaving a small gap for turning right side out. Match the side seam to the base seam and sew the small edge closed (see diagram for Ziggy below)This forms the paper bag bottom.
Turn right side out and stuff firmly.
Sew opening closed.
Add eyes and any other detail you want.
And there you have it. Enjoy! I'd love to see pictures from anyone who does make Ziggy and Boing so email me if you have a go.