A number of years ago I knit a Jayne hat for Oldest Daughter.
Those of you who know and love Firefly are familiar with the Jayne hat. Those of you that are not just have to take my word for it that it is a geeky girls dream.
The hat knit up in an afternoon, but the pom-pom, that was a whole different story. It took almost an entire skein of Cascade 220 to get it right. I read instructions in more than one book and that did not help. I went out and bought a set of pom-pom makers and that did not help either. I think in hindsight I needed to use way more yarn for a pom of that size, but at the time I was just plain frustrated. I wish Pom-Poms! 25 Awesomely Fluffy Projects by Sarah Goldschadt and Lexi Walters Wright had been there to hold my hand.
Look at the hedgehogs!
Resistance is futile.
A ladybug keychain? Yes
A big poof on the top of my head, a clown collar? No.
Shoe poms? YES!!
What about a sweet little ring? Unusual, very cute, and I can easily see a little pom-pom ring jag that leaves enough for you to share with all your friends.
But the real question is, "Will I actually be able to make a pom-pom?" This book includes a section titled Pom-Pom 101 that provides information about materials and techniques, as well as four methods of wrapping, and another four methods for stacking fibers other than yarn to make alternative poms.
The only way I was ging to be able to recommend this book is if it could teach me, the pom-pom impaired, to make a big, puffy pom.
It is not perfect, but it is closer than I was ever able to get on my own. Truthfully, it was not easy. There is practice involved to learn the best way to hold your hands and where to pinch the yarn, but the instructions in the book are very clear, and I was able to make this little ball of fluff on my very first try. I call that success.
I am happy to have Pom-Poms! In my library and can not wait to make up a bouquet of flowers, maybe two.