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Thursday, January 5, 2006

Ah – would that the Holidays could last forever!

I could just party Party PARTY IF they were all like the wonderful bash that Mason-Dixon Knitting threw for Chicago area knitters…

l. to r.: Helen, Ann & Karen B.

The M-D connection traveled up to CowTown and Ann and Mary Neal (her newly transplanted sis-in-law) hosted a friendly evening of knitting at Mary Neal’s loft (drool along with the pictures from the January 2 entry @m-d). Joining hands and needles together to meet old friends and new: Erica, Jodee, Dana, Carla, Emily, Diane, Collette, Karen, Corinne, Helen, & Elizabeth! And if just circling us all up wasn’t fun enough, there was FOOD!

(Coincidence? Good Knitters = Good Cooks?)

And there was MAGIC! The night was emboldened by the Sorcery of Hand PomPoms! I learned something like this as a child but it took the prowess of a mighty Fiber Queen to induct me into The Mysteries…



the Magic of one Karen B.

Start with a Tie! This is the most incredible advice – saves much trauma and stress later…


Begin the PomPom by wrapping the yarn evenly around your hand.


Keep wrapping until the mass becomes very thick. Remember: the thicker your wrap, the denser the PomPom…


WOOT! Use the piece of yarn that’s been hiding under the wrap to tie the center tightly; you’ll need to go around a couple of times.


Fan the wrap out in a flat circle and cut the loops open. Pull a little on the scissors to keep ’em even.



A little trimming here and there and you have a Super Duper Pom!


JOIN Us Tonight for a round of KIP at
LETIZIA’s 2144 W Division 7-9pm

5 responses to “Thursday, January 5, 2006”

  1. Imbrium says:

    Gee…why didn’t I think of that? Now I feel kind of dumb for having bought the dippy little plastic pompom makers.

    Wait, no I don’t. Mmm…addicted to knitting tools.

  2. Terry says:

    Oh man, knitting and food and food and knitting – great combo. Did your friend Karen B have any particular yarns she likes for pom-poms? I made one out of Crystal Palace musique – actually looked nice considering the thick and thinness of it.

  3. Ann says:

    Pompoms? POMPOMS? Where was I? Probably too busy chowhounding. I totally missed the pompom seminar. Thank GAWD you captured it!

    So great to see you in actual person. A fabby night any way you slice it.

    Happy new year! xoxoxoxo

  4. Wanda says:

    That’s a great method. Thanks for showing it, since I keep screwing up pom-pons!

  5. Kay says:

    I can’t bull-eeve that in the midst of eating imbibing and chatting you took time out to produce a mini-documentary of such kwalidy. Amazing! Go Karen B (whom I note is also a wimple-knitter)!

    Still bitter about missing the party but trying to be big about it,

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