Hello hello! Today I’m talking about pom poms. If you knit or do other yarn crafting, you may find that you end up with bits of a skein left over that aren’t quite long enough to do anything with, but are just too long to throw away! As far as I’m concerned I hardly ever throw a scrap of yarn away, especially if it was expensive. There are many things to do with bits of yarn, you can put them in a suet feeder for birds to make nests out of, you can tie up a package wrapped in tissue paper (one of my favorite ways to wrap a gift!), tie up herbs to dry.. and so on. But one of my favorite things to do with extra yarn is to make pom poms!
Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: using two fingers, wrap yarn around them. Lots of yarn means a bigger, fuller pom. You can use one color or mix and match. If you wrap one color at a time, you’ll get a stripey look to your pom, holding multiple strands at once makes it go faster and makes a more variegated pom.
Step 2: Once you have it as full as you like, cut yarn. Cut a piece a few inches long and slide it between your two fingers, around the back of the yarn, and back through your fingers. If you wrapped really tight this can be hard! Try to wrap your fingers loosely. Tie in a nice firm double knot.
Step 3: Slide the almost pom pom off your fingers. If needed, wrap the tied string around and tie again to make it nice and firm. Cut the loops of yarn.
Step 4: Trim all yarn ends to be uniform, and fluff your new pom pom! You can skip this step if you want a shaggy pom but I like mine to look neat and full. Make some more!
You can do a lot of things with poms, if you leave the tie yarn long you can embellish a gift, adorn a hat, or make a cat toy. But you can also make a bunch of poms and make a wreath! For this wreath you need about a trillion pom poms, a cheap foam wreath (mine is from the Dollar Store), some straight pins, and enough yarn to cover your wreath base.
Wrap the wreath base in yarn of any color. This step is not vital, but makes the back of the wreath look better, and I don’t like touching styrofoam! Next, using your straight pins, attach the pom poms to the wreath however you like! You’ll need multiple pins per pom to get them to really stick (lol puns). Make sure to cover the inside and outside of the wreath to make it look really full. You’ll probably need more pom poms than you think to get it nice and full. I wrapped my wreath with a piece of ribbon before attaching the poms. That’s it! Easy to make, just takes a little time to make all your pom poms. A lot of time actually, but the results are worth it!
If you like the look but don’t like to craft, I have a couple of these for sale in my Etsy shop! Check it out here: etsy.com/shop/knitoriousLILA
And now for some long overdue updates!
First, the cheese. In my post Homemade Pizza and the Mozzarella Meltdown I was supposed to tell you how the cheese tasted! Well, it was okay, but it went rancid within a couple days and I had to throw it out. What a waste…. I’m not going near cheese making for a loooong while.
In my post DIY reusable Swiffer covers I mentioned that they were really linty after cutting. I’m happy to report that after a once-through the washing machine, the linty-ness is gone! Yay!
I do believe that’s all the updates for now. Have a super week, see you next time!