2015 has started with some very gentle pootling,
nothing too thought demanding,
nothing that needed to be done in a rush,
just a very simple make to breathe a little breath of fresh air into
our lounge after all the Christmas decorations have gone.
It's a little too early for a Spring flower garland
and I just can't bring myself to fill vases with daffodils too soon after Christmas
- I need to feel the first tinglings of Spring for this.
So, instead, a pompom garland,
made in a soft, neutral tone,
maybe to suggest those cold frosty days that will still linger for a while.
And so the kitchen table became a little hive of pompoming activity on Saturday afternoon
- a pompom pm if you will !
No need to rush out and buy new yarns as this is the best way to use up all your leftovers -
some cream chunky wool in my case -
and apart from that all you need is scissors, cord and of course ...
a pompom maker !
Now I am of the Blue Peter era where pompoms were made using two
cardboard circles cut out of a cornflake packet -
but oh, how times have moved on !
I have to confess to being more than a little stumped when I first saw a pompom maker,
partly because I just couldn't imagine how the person who invented it had the
thought processes to design such a nifty little thing
- its as far removed from two cardboard circles as it is possible to be !
And yes, further confessions, I had to look up a Youtube
video to work out how to use it.
It just seemed to be an object of moving bits
with two curved arms that swung out and then, to add further confusion,
it came apart in the middle !
Writing all this now I realise how dim I was probably being as, once you
know how, it couldn't be more simple.
You wind round one arm,
you wind round the other arm,
and tightly tie a piece of wool around the middle.
give your pompom a little trim
It can be added to scarves, mittens, hats,
cushions, blankets, clothing ...
... you decide !
so were threaded onto some thin piping cord.
and ceremoniously hung on the fireplace !
Otto very much wanted to be in this photo
and he also wanted me to point out that no,
he absolutely has not had a little nibble of the pompoms - as if !
And what better than afternoon of pompoming ?
Someone else to pompom with !
It turns out that Beth is a bit of dab hand at the old pompoming,
and whipped up a very pretty string of pastel pompoms for her room.
There was chit chat, there were sleeping dogs,
there were biscuits and there was tea ..
what more you could you ask for of a Saturday afternoon.