Ah, the perfect pom-pom! So round and happy. The bigger the better, I say. When I saw this yarn, I just knew I'd have to find a reason to make a huge two-color pom-pom and plop it on top a hat. It's good news that I have a little kid in my life who can still carry off a huge pom-pom and wear it with aplomb.
I mean, huge pom-poms on a woman my age? . . well, I may as well put on my old cheerleader outfit--another blog post entirely; I may as well never discuss the thankfully short jr. high phase--this was a long time ago before I realized that peppy isn't my strong suit, but get me started on the subject of pom-poms? The peppy in me just bursts to the surface.
So the pom-pom: I can make them with cardboard. I can make them with forks. Pom-pom makers? You bet. I even dreeeeammm of owning a pom-pom maker that makes heart shapes. The key is to liberally load the form/maker with yarn and after cutting, you have to tie a thinner and strong yarn or thread around it really, really tightly so the pom-pom doesn't shed. Then, the last thing you absolutely have to do is get a super sharp pair of scissors and trim it "just so." Actually, giving it a pretty thorough trim makes it look more compact, more perfect, more happy.
And when I finally attach a pom-pom to the top of a hat, I always tie it on. That way, I can remove it for laundering. Wet pom-pom = sad pom-pom.
But bobbles? Forget about them. . . they aren't even a fraction as happy as a pom-pom and they're a pain in the arse to knit. Not to mention, you have to be careful about placement if you get my drift.
Some links for you if you're inspired:
- making pom-poms with scrap cardboard
- making pom-poms with a fork!
- making pom-poms with Clover forms; cute blog post
Pictures of Girlfriend in her new cap will come after blocking as well as a sad trombone pic of my most recently failed infinity scarf wonder.