Wednesday, 11 November 2009


I asked Biker Ted for two numbers and he came up with 22 and 35 so checking my list ( and realising that Ted had sneaked his own name in) we have two winners.

Carolyn of Love Stitching Red

Clare of Thread of Loveliness

Well done both of you, I will be contacting you for your addresses and goody bags will be dispatched on Saturday.

Also a big thank you to everyone who has commented on my blog over the last few weeks, I really do appreciate your encouragement.

Edited to answer the Question, what is a Skye Winder, also known as a Whirligig and believed by some to have been the first toy made. Older readers may remember using a large button rather than a wooden disc


  1. This toy can be made in minutes and can entertain children for hours. You'll need a large button or wooden disk with two holes drilled in the center. You'll also need some thin string. Thread the string in through one of the holes and back out through the other. Tie the ends of the string together to create a loop with the button in the middle. Loop your index fingers through the ends of the string and swing the button in circles to wind the string up. When the string and button are wound up, pull your fingers gently apart. The string will unwind quickly and cause the button to whirl and buzz. By gently moving your hands back and forth, the whirligig will spin as long or hard as you wish.


Clare Wassermann said...

wow - how exciting to win a monster - -please could you let me know your email address so that I can send you my home address! Thanks! xx

Julie said...

Congratulations to Carolyn and Clare :)

April said...

Wow! I wish I'd commented! Dratted job...keeping me away from my crafts and internet friends! lol
I have very vivid memories of picking out the largest buttons from my mom's button box to make those whirly gigs. I'm not sure what she called them, but she knew all the good "old fashioned" toys to hand make. I hadn't thought of those for years! Thanks for the reminder.


Hip hip hooray! A new playmate for Custard. Now, I'm going to have to stop them fighting over the toy!

Thank you so much for picking me, I am honoured



ps. my email is:

(I couldn't see one for you and I don't have mine on my profile either)

Joei Rhode Island said...

Wow! I'm gone for a while and you give stuff away! Yeah for Clare and Carolyn. =-)
I'll have to check out Biker Ted's blog, too. Guzzi is up for the winter..sigh. But! More time for felting!!

maggi said...

Congratulations to the winners. I remember playing with one of these toys when I was young and I used to love the noise it made. My father made it for me.


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