Since it is still winter,
seeing it is still grey and dreich and boring,
conscious of a lack of colour (apart from soggy green and dank brown) in my garden
and really feeling the need for a pop of cheerful colour ...
I had a hankering for pom poms!
After a good rummage in my 'wip 'n left-over box',
I found a selection of bright and jaunty colours
(notice my predilection to my favourite shades of anything coastal).
I fancied making a rash of mini pom poms and hanging them from my Pask-tree.
But due to my need of instant gratification -
I had absolutely no intention of doing my pom-pom-tiddely-poms the old fashioned way -
So I reached for a fork ...
Wrap, wrap, wrap -
'bout 70 wraps for double knit and 100 wraps for a thinner ply.
Snip the yarn.
Snip off another length,
thread on to a tapestry needle and winkle through the middle teeth of the fork.
(this is where the acrylic yarn comes into its own -
wools break too easily but yarn quite happily takes tying and tugging with no complaints)
Slip the pre-pom off the fork - now the best bit starts!
Snip, snip, snip.
Trim, trim, trim.
Aaaah - happy :)
It is like holding a calorie free yarn-sweet - *smile*
As I contentedly wrap and snip and trim,
a cheerfully colourful trail of evidence from pom pom creating forms.
Even these little snippety bits of waste wool brighten my day :)
Now, time to hang it on my Pask-tree.
with a thin nylon 'invisible thread'.
Carefully pushing through the pom pom and out the otherside,
back in again...
...before tying the ends together...
... then hanging on the branch -
to give me that desperately needed pop of colour.
Yay- feeling happy.
Little spots of cheerful colour.
I'd made more than my little tree could hold,
so a small bouquet of pom pom flowers
seemed the perfect answer!
Using wooden skewers, pushed gently through,
no glue needed -
means I can use both the skewer and the pom poms
for another project on another day :)
Even better -
more pops of colour
even more instant gratification
even more happy happy :)
PS - happy? Yup.
Himself was a little doubtful about this mad frenzy of crafting - he had a very quizzical look on his face for most of the afternoon when I was surrounded by a whirl of snipped yarn and a growing pile of pom poms.
Once they were done - he then saw what I was trying to do, understood and accepted yet another of my little foibles - no wonder I love him so!
How are you coping with this dull and dreary weather? (we are being promised a doozy of a deluge for the next 24 hours - uh oh - better break out the waterproofs again ...)
Have you needed an emergency moment of crafting to make it better?
Have you made anything to cheer you up?
Go on share your stories, I love❤ to hear them and be inspired by your ideas :) and if you feel the need to go for a little pom-pom-tiddely-pom action - let me know, I would love to see what you do with them!
Thank you for your comments about the cake - and yes please frayed at the edge - I would love your OJ version of the recipe :) Sorry Aril and Threads Through my Life - all evidence of cake has been scoffed. Sustainablemum - you could soak your fruit in a fruit juice or a herb tea.