This week the Craft Yarn Council is hosting a pompom party. What does that mean? They're sharing all kinds of ideas on how to use pompoms and tassels in your knitted items, as well as different techniques for making them. Pompoms and tassels are big in fashion this year, but they're even more fun when you make them yourself!
Last fall, I taught a group of elementary school kids to knit. When I introduced pompom makers to the class (or how to do it just with your fingers), they were hooked! It became one of their favorite parts of the class. It was also a great thing for them to do on their own while I helped them one on one with their knitting. (The clean up of tiny yarn pieces was a bit much, but it was all for fun.) These kids were 8 and older, but even smaller kids could learn to make pompoms with help.
We used Knit Picks Swish Worsted Brights yarn and had a blast. (Kids these days love neon.) They loved to make tiny pompoms and giant pompoms. The best tip is to use a lot more yarn than you think you need to really fill out the poof and if you're using fingers - don't wind too tight!
At Christmastime I decided to decorate gifts with pompoms instead of bows and my two boys got in on the fun. We used traditional colors with striped or plaid wrapping paper to give it a retro look. I also found some glittery silver and white yarns at the craft store to add some sparkle. Still, when my boys see the pompom maker in my knitting tool drawer, they'll grab it and beg to make some more pompoms. I think pompoms were the gateway into getting my youngest to pick up some needles to learn to knit, too.