Improvisation

I have a fancy-schmancy pompom maker...in storage. I use it about, oh, once a year. Apparently 2007's moment was this weekend. I didn't see the reason to buy a second version of a seldom-used item.

What's a knitter to do? Improvise! I simply wrapped the yarn around two outstretched fingers, tied the yarn together tightly when I was finished, and then snipped the ends apart.

The result:

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Not too bad. The pompom needs some serious trimming before it's evenly round, but even the ones that I produce on my pompom maker require this step.

I'm not sure if it's a good sign that I'm learning to work around the things that I have in storage.

 

Here in Italy we make them differently. We cut two big rings from a piece of cardboard or stiff paper with a small hole in the middle. Then we wrap the wool all around the two rings kept together, in and out of the hole till the layer of wool is thick and completely covers the cardboard. If you use different colors you can predict how it will come out after a little practice. Then we snip a bit of wool at the edge of the rings, insert the points of the scissors inside between the two cardboard rings and cut all around the edge of the wool. Finally we tie the wool securely at the centre and remove the cardboard rings... and voilĂ , you just have to trim your pom pom. I have tried other ways, yours too, and in my opinion in this way you obtain a very thick pom pom, which appears almost like a solid ball. I hope I was clear enough in my explanation. Maybe you or some other reader wants to try making one that way. Happy knitting!

I make my pompoms like Laura of Italy, but your way definitely sounds quicker!

i used to make my pompoms like laura does too and then i got this ... http://www.sewandso.co.uk/ran2264-0.html

is this what you have in storage? i love this thing.

Ditto on Laura's method, since I ever so rarely make them. I am, however, hunting for an I-Cord maker...

To Dawn. I think here you may find what you are looking for.
http://www.angelyarns.com/yarn/accessories.php

I have always used my hand to make pom-poms. Instead of two fingers, I used all four (like you're going to shake someone's hand) and wrap around 40 or 50 times, depending on the weight of the yarn. Tie off, remove and snip, snip, snip.

I did this at a Windy City Knitters Christmas party one year and people were amazed at the results.

I use Laura's method for all of my pompoms. Whenever I need to make a new one (usually because I want smaller pompoms), there is always a cardboard box around to cut up. It's very handy and a low storage option.

I'm not a big pom-pom fan myself. For the top of a hat I prefer a 4 or 5" length of I-cord or finger-chain with a saucy tassel on the end. But then, I prefer just about anything saucy.

I like to use a dvd box. it's much more comfortable than using your hands, you can wrap it quite a few times, and it's really easy to stick the scissors into the little hole you use to open the box.

Like Laura, I have always made my pompoms this way, ever since we were kids. Its only in recent times that I realised there was an actual pompom MAKER out there that you could buy to use to make pompoms, but I still use my trusty cardboard circles!!

 

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