Juggling is one of those activities that has given me pleasure across my life. I am not particularly good at it - or, more accurately - there are times when I can keep three items in the air and other times I cannot. It seems to have something to do with my level of feeling good - but that is another posting.
Thing is, I always seem to enjoy the effort no matter how it turns out.
I've made juggling bags out of fabric; cubes are fine but when I discovered that two figure eight pieces of material sewed together magically into a receptacle that could be filled with beans and juggled - well, that was a fun epiphany.
Lately I've been knitting them in a shape that likely has a name but which I do not know; sort of a pyramid on a square bottom. I was 'playing' with some yarn one day and came up with it, likely 'unvented' as Elizabeth Zimmerman would say. (I can't get the link thing to work: just Google in her name and you will come up with all sorts of marvellous sites about her!)
These were for a gift, knitted from koigu handpainted yarn and a hemp/wool (not much wool is required so you can indulge in something exquisite: luxurious functionality!)
Here is how I do it. Cast on however many stitches you think would make a nice-sized juggling ball. I like a palm-sized three inches or so. This one is in black cotton, a fairly heavy weight yarn, giving 4 sts to the inch on #9 / 5.5 mm needles. I cast on 11 stitches and knit in stockingette stitch until I had a three inch square. (approx)
Now pick up 11 stitches along the side. I found this easiest to do (as shown) by picking up the stitches with a double-pointed needle (white) and then knitting from it with the one with the original stitches (yellow). There are now 22 stitches on the yellow needle with a right angle (more or less) halfway along. Knit in garter stitch for three inches. Cast off.
These juggling bags were part of a series of seeing just how many items I could make from one ball of Manos del Uruguay wool - it's the multi-hued yarn and the solid wool is Prairie Silk from the Brown Sheep Company. And the larger bag makes a nice place to stick and store sewing items.
Knitting needles behave themselves when stuck into juggling balls, these knit totally from the koigu merino: the multi hues jumble together very nicely in the stockingette and the garter, side by side.