My new pattern, Scandes Mittens, has some optional pom poms that I had a great time making. I used the Clover 1 3.8″ pom pom maker (the pink one in the small set) and yarn left over from the mittens. You can use pom pom makers that are two disks, as well, including homemade ones. Colors are up to you! To make the pom poms, I started on one side with a layer of one color on the left and and another on the right, both in rounded hills, meeting in the middle. I then went in and created a central rounded hill in a third color, totally filling up that side of the pom pom maker to bursting. I filled the other half with the natural yarn to bursting, cut all the threads, and tied the pom pom off. You end up with a pom pom that’s one half happy round shapes and the other half a solid color. So pretty! Trim to neaten and try to control yourself so you’re not trimming them down to nothing, which is something I have a hard time not doing. I leave enough of a tail to tie them on with a bow on the inside, double knotted, so they can be removed for washing the mittens.
I have this amazing skein of yarn and a little over a month. Can it be done?
I thought I really had this figured out but after talking to Chawne this morning about the properties of the yarn, I’ve got so many new ideas. This yarn is very sturdy and chubby, so I’m going for something jacket-y. I want a big tall neck, but do I want a cardigan or pullover? I think I want 3/4 sleeves. Symmetrical fronts or not? A big neck or cardigan would make it easy to put on and take off, and since I’m making outerwear, that is important.
Contenders/Ideas from Ravelry:
And Ideas from my Woolen Thoughts Pinterest board:
- Seriously, look at this thing it is amazing but I’d never be able to use a shoulder bag.
- POCKETTTTSSSSS. Like maybe something like this but with a big cowl and shorter sleeves?
- The shape of this is amazing, but maybe the body a little shorter. An awesome raglan detail to jazz it up? Longer in the back than front?
- And this. This is pretty much pefect except I’d like that higher neck.
Damn, I love sweaters. No doubt, I’ll just make something up as I go along and hope I don’t get carried away and run out of yarn.
Are you going? Are you sweatering? Do you have one of the coveted gigantic balls of Empire and know what you want to do with it?
I love these things. I’ve made a bunch. This is my favorite, though, and it’s because of this yarn. Oh, this yarn. Crispy, crunchy, hand-dyed a crazygood color. It has the kind of body I want in a cowl that has the job of keeping me warm. It stands up by itself!
I made the large size on a larger needle than the pattern calls for (and if you were to do the same, you’d probably want to go bigger as I am a super loose knitter), as this is a heavier yarn. I had to cut the stockinette section short as I ran out of yarn. It’s still awesomely massive.
I mean, seriously, look at that yarn.