Oooooh this autumn is in full swing and sharply passing us by! Have you checked out my 30 Favourite Things about Autumn post? There are just so many wonderful things to indulge in! I’ve already made sure I had a tasty hot chocolate, a blackberry crumble and some mulled cider. This week I’ve been hard at work creating super cosy winter hats! It’s been a challenging week to say the least: I got the sizing of the knitted hat wrong 3 times before I FINALLY got it right (or at least I think I did, we’ll find out when I sew it up) and I discovered that 100g of yarn is not quite enough yarn to make a slouch beanie… who would have thunk?!
So here is my lovely chunky red knitted beanie on the blocking mat. I wasn’t really going to block it but it went super curly on the edges and I don’t think it will sew up well if it’s so curly. Out of this giant 200g ball I just about have enough yarn left for some pom poms!
The purple speckled yarn has come out my favourite so far! The yarn is a wool blend so it’s not particularly soft, however it will be lovely and warm and just look at how the colour has come out! So pretty! Unfortunately I just about had enough yarn to make it into a normal beanie, however I was going for slouchy beanie with a pom pom so I guess we’re heading back out to Hobbycraft after work….
Last batch of yarn is the marbled yarn which I’m very excited to see how this comes out! I decided to go with a simple double crochet beanie to make the most of the gradient which shouldn’t use quite as much yarn as the puff stitch. However I am super tempted to put 2 big pom poms on top which means I’m probably going to buy an extra ‘just incase’ ball of it while we’re in hobbycraft.
Speaking of my pom pom obsession I have a fancy new gadget to show off today! Now I have tried to find this in Hobbycraft or the Works for you guys but neither website had one! However you can purchase one here (I was given mine but this is the same one)
Heart Shaped Pom Pom
Holy moly! I am delving into the world of pom poms now! Before we know it I’ll be making panda pom poms and turning my house into a zoo!! But for now, let’s stick with hearts, doesn’t it just seem the perfect yarny addition to a DIY wedding?
Here is the pom pom maker I’ve used: It’s clover like the normal pom pom makers so we know it’ll work well. The first difference you’ll notice is all the little spokes and prongs around the side, these are going to help sculpt that lovely heart shape! Now don’t be tempted to assume it’s like a normal clover pom pom maker and just start wrapping and cutting. You’ll see below what happens if you do that…
Now to use my pom pom maker I used this video to get my head around it, but if you prefer written instructions, this is how I did it:
Like all pom pom makers we start simple: wrapping the yarn around each half. Make sure you give it a good coating of yarn and that there’s plenty of yarn in each area between the spokes.
Once covered, like normal push your halves together. We’ll now wrap a length of yarn around the pom pom maker, tie in a single knot and secure on these little ridges on the side.
We can now cut our yarn along each edge of the pom pom maker. Now don’t do what I did and cut down the middle like a normal clover maker. It doesn’t work. What you need to do is cut through the side each arch in the little gap between the spokes.
Once each edge is cut we can secure our pom pom by unhooking our tied piece of yarn and tightening the knot. Your pom pom will shrink as you pull, this is good! Once out pom pom is secure we can finally unclip the pom pom maker and pull it off our pom pom.
You may be disappointed at this point (I know I was) but with a small haircut, a little bit of clipping we can perfect our heart shape. Make sure the tip is nice and pointy and your edges are lovely and neat and before you know it you’ll have a beautiful heart shaped pom pom!
Here are my first 3 attempts:
As you can see, the first attempt when I used it like a normal pom pom maker just didn’t work. It’s an mess. The second one I got the idea but kept accidentally pulling bit of yarn as I cut it, so just be very careful. The third attempt I used more yarn and I was more careful as I cut it. SO there is a bit of a learning curve but you will get the hang of it!
Heart shaped pom pom garlands are on the horizon! Tell me guys, what are you going to make with your heart shaped pom poms?
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