Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pom-poms!

I am a huge KnitPicks customer, and I can never let a order go by under $50.  Paying for shipping is money that could otherwise have gone to yarn.  My wish list is filled with needles and odds and ends that I need for my kit but don't have an urgent need for that I can use to top off my order.  This time, I added a pompom maker to the mix, and boy was I excited to get started! 


 As a kid I had a pompom maker, but it was a little less impressive than the ones in this kit.  I have to say that I"m impressed with how easy it was to make the pompoms. 

 

I decided to explore the pompoms in all of their glory, varying as many different elements as I could.  

Two color:

Big vs Little:
 

Worsted vs Fingering: 

Two strands together: 

Three strands together 

Variegated


This was what I could think of while working through my remnant collection of yarns.  Are there any other variations of pompoms I should explore?  All of these were done with 100% wool, I didn't play with different fiber types or novelty yarns.... yet!  Also, what kind of projects should I make with pompoms?  I can't wait to hear your suggestions. 


I finishing all of the pompoms and then realized that there were additional instructions on the inside of the cardboard packaging. Whoops!  At least I seemed to figure it out okay. 

13 comments:

  1. Here is my suggestion for even more pompom fun: There are pompoms with pictures like sheep or flowers on them which I think are really cute! Search for member Chiyo915 on Ravelry. She has made many of them. I assume that she used the Japanese book with the title Kantan Sutekina Ponpon Dukuri (ISBN 9784766122824) for inspiration.

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    1. THOSE ARE INSANE!! I'm going to go search for the book on Amazon now.

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    2. I found the book! I wish there were some reviews so I could know whether it matters that I can't read Japanese... (i.e. step by step pictures.) Thanks for the recommendation.

      http://www.amazon.com/Kantan-Sutekina-Ponpon-Dukuri-Japanese/dp/4766122828/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397139452&sr=8-1&keywords=9784766122824

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    3. If you have a look at some of the projects of the above mentioned Ravelry member she added pictures to some of her pompoms showing how to distribute the colors within the pompom maker. I guess that the book will be very similar but I haven't had the chance to have a look at it, yet. But usually Japanese crafts books have many pictures so that they are also helpful when you don't speak Japanese.

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    4. Oh my, I had only seen her profile picture! I didnt realize that she had project pages for each of them. Looking at them I thought, gee I could manage the watermelon... but I really want pompom sheep! :)

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    5. Yes, the sheep are cute beyond all measure! :-) Did you see that she also has pictures for the sheep in her project called pompon blackface ?

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    6. I did! It looks like she used laceweight for all of her pompoms, but I'd try it out with fingering (because I have a gazillion colors of fingering.) Now I just need to have some time... ;)

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  2. I actually have my own set of these two pom pom makers. I never could get them right otherwise. With these makers, my pom poms actually stay together without getting little bits of yarn everywhere!

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  3. I really like the 2 and 3 strands ones!

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  4. I made a large two-color one for a winter hat this year. It was for a teenage boy, and I was surprised he requested it. Then someone told me that NFL players were wearing them on the sidelines. Ahhh, mystery solved!

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  5. Have you seen these? I keep thinking I want to try it but haven't so far, but who doesn't want to make alphabet pom poms?

    http://makezine.com/craft/how-to-alphabet-pompoms/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+craftzine+%28CRAFT%29

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  6. Are you German? The name of your website sounds like: 'Chemnitz' a city in former East Germany. Maybe it's just a coincidence.

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    1. I am not German. ChemKnits was named because I was a chemistry graduate student who knits. :) I found out about the Chemnitz city after the fact. I'd love to go someday!

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