Hope everybody had a nice Thanksgiving. We did, we had another family over and I am dog sitting for Lucy who belongs to a dear friend while she is in California. I know all your emails are probably flooded with Cyber sales this morning so I decided to post a little later than normal. 

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Today I wanted to share a tutorial on how to make fluffy Pom Pom’s.  When I first started crocheting I was one of those people that skipped the pom pom portion of the pattern when making hats. I struggled in my early years never making the pom pom that looked fluffy and full.  Mine always looked uneven or would not come together to form a ball shape.  

I totally gave up on using cardboard or a toilet paper roll, but found success with Pom Pom makers a few years ago.  They were so easy to use and I found with a little patience, that I could create pom pom’s in four different sizes.  My husband gifted me last Christmas with the “The Weaver Needle Craft Pom-pom Maker, 4 Different Sizes that came with Craft DIY Wool Knitting Craft Knitting Wool Tool Kit with Thread Cutter Scissors.  I have had no trouble with the makers themselves, but the cutter fell apart on me after one use.  I was really disappointed in them.  So I will be using my own scissors in the tutorial.  Also you might have notice that I wrote the sizes on each , thinking it might be helpful in the future.  (Pom Pom Maker)

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The key I have found to making a good pom pom is consistence and patience. 

Step one:

Using the tap on the end of each side, extend one side of the maker. (below)

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Step two:

This is when you must not rush to finish and keep everything straight.  This is where most people mess up. You start on one side and wrap around until you covered all the maker and reach the other side.  (below)

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Then you keep going back and forth until it is good and thick.  Keep your yarn going in the same direction, making sure not to criss cross (below)

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When you are done make sure nothing is on the handles (below)

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Then repeat on the other side.  When you are done it should look like below.

Step three:

When you are finished, bring the yarn to the top and cut. (Below)

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Step four:

Then , using the tabs replace the part of the maker to the round position.  (below)

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Then repeat on the other side.  When you are done it should look like below.

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Step five:

With very sharp sissors you cut between the cracks of where you placed the yarn.  Making sure to cut all the yarn as you go.

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Step six:

Then take a string of yarn and carefully going through the clacks of the maker,  wrap completely around and pull tight and tie off.

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Step seven:

Then you carefully remove the maker by pulling it apart.  This is where you might have to fluff with your fingers or take the time to trim the excess.  

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Then you should have a pom pom.

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This took me some practice, so do not get discouraged if you might have to make one or two to fine your groove , but keep at it and it should become easier and easier and with more success.

I’m giving this product an overall review of 4 out of 5 stars. Losing one for the cutter’s being broken and never getting to use them. They literally fell apart in my hands. (Huge disappointment).  The Pom Pom makers are great though, and I can see myself getting plenty of use out of them.

I hope this was helpful for those of you who might be struggling as I once did.  Who knows it might be that, like me, you just need the right tools to help you achieve the end result you’re looking for.

Keep in mind also that it is now December 2, which means Christmas is around the corner.  Last year I made gifts for my friends birthdays, so this year I am working this year on charitable giving, making hats for the new born babies at our local hospital.  What are projects for your holiday?Would love to hear about them.

Until Thursday, Keep those hooks flying.