Yesterday was another Pompom Popup at the Yarnery. It was a sell-out. What could be more fun in the midst of crazy holiday frenzy than a room full of people who want to learn how to improve their pompom skills? One non-knitter wanted to make her granddaughters some last minute stocking stuffers – pompoms for their ice skates. I suggested she needed to track down some jingle bells for them as well. All the cool girls had them. (I didn’t.) Everyone applauded and ooohed and ahhhed at each finished item. And now the non-knitter decided she is ready for her first lesson, since knitters are such fun people.
Hard to imagine we could improve on last year, where I learned how to steam a pom pom. This year, I managed to get to the mini pompoms made on a fork.
The photos above illustrate the process – it’s pretty simple.
- Wrap a bunch of yarn around the tines of a fork.
- Cut a piece of yarn to tie around the bundle.
- Cut the ends on either side of the fork. Be careful not to cut the yarn tying it together. (I demonstrated how not to do that in front of the class. On purpose, of course.)
- Fluff and trim. Steam if you so desire. Warning – these are addictive.
Another student tip – if you are afraid your yarn is acrylic or blend you don’t want to steam, spritz it with some water and let it dry.
Here’s an idea for bigger pompom presents – a basket of indoor snowballs! (photo spoonful.com)
Next year, I’m going to bring little jingle bells.