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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

PomPom and Circumstance

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the wonderful Imbrium
writes: " I’m gonna have to say go with the pompom. Maybe two. Like little fluffy ears. :D"

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So I grabbed the nearest book that looked like the right size and wrapped it up real good!

THAT’s how I made pompoms as a kiddie. That’s how I remember the joy…

So how come my PomPom looks like a limp little sea creature beached on the sand?

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Talks to Self: Because when you were a child, your pompoms were not aspiring to be ginourmous globes but tiny little dingle balls, perfect for tiny little hands. Time to run for help!

Time to make the Donuts! Following the directions here I traced a canister of Christmas Cookies and cut out 2 circles. Then I cut out circles in the middle and wrapped them in yarn until, as directed, the center of the circle was *FULL*.

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Now the fun with scissors begins…

Using the very sharpest of instruments (NO RUNNING!) I cut the 2 disks apart, then trimmed the edges

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And here is where the leap of faith is required – you have to run a length of yarn between the disks, tighten ’til your face turns blue and knot. Lucklily, coming right after a Christmas present wrapping marathon, this was easier than I thought.

After that, you fluff it up with your hands and consider its fate: more trimming? more teasing? more wine?

My pompom was WAY too big so I went for more trimming and flattened it AGAIN with a plate (I’d already destroyed my donuts) then trimmed all around the plate edge.

 

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And VOILA!

PomPom!

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But HEY! Isn’t there some kind of law that requires the Hat Trim to weigh ALOT less than the hat itself? This baby was so heavy (35g) it required a Hard Hat as it’s base to not only support its weight but protect the wearer’s Head…

Say Hello to my new 2006 PAPERWEIGHT!

 

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Pam writes: “No pompom — tassel or weird I cord things or braids, yes.”

 
 
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