I was asked why it's called a pig, I guessed the shape slightly resembles one...but it's because "Scots and northern Brits way back when used the word "pig" to refer to a pot, jar, crock, or earthenware vessel. "
and here is a tutorial on how to make pompoms! this was *my* first time...so...
first you cut 2 (TWO) circles of card stock (cereal box would work) a bit bigger than you want your pompom. cut a hole in the middle of each about half the size (so if your circle is 3 inches...the inside should be 1.5 inches) I have no idea how much yarn you use!! I brought the 'doughnuts' halfway between a bunch of yarn (leftover from a gift (revealed tomorrow or Sunday!)) and started winding!
I just kept stuffing it in. You wind until you cant fit the yarn though anymore.
Then, you slip scissors in between the two cardboard circles and cut around.
Slip a long piece of yarn between the circles and pull tight. I made a reef knot a couple times after winding. wind once, knot, wind again, knot. leave a tail for attachment.
the pompom might be a little shaggy, so give'r a trim (I trimmed onto an open book to catch the fluffs)
A knotty joke:
A rope walks into a bar, and the bartender says, "I'm sorry, um, we don't serve ropes here!" So the rope walks out all disgruntled. He sits on the curb thinking for a bit, and has a light bulb moment. He ties a knot at the top and messes up the end a bit, and walks back into the bar. the bartender rudely says "HEY BUD! didn't I say NO ROPES ALLOWED!!??" and the rope replies "I'm a fayed knot!"