Last week, I fell into the Gap (ba dum cha! (remember that slogan?)) to pick up some baby boxes that I'd forgotten to grab when I bought the swimmy suits in this post. Well, I was pretty much a mouse in a glue trap when I realized the damage to be done with an additional 40% off clearance. I got a handful of shirts for less than four dollars, a belt for seven, and this hat on the men's side for two and some change. I've had this Canadian bobble hat on the brain for a while, but would never pull the trigger on a $50 stocking cap. Just, no. That big Bertha pom, though, I couldn't let the idea of her go. So, I spent my Saturday night doing a Dr. Frankenstein on the Gap knit. The result was this monster pom. I mean, holy moly, it. is. BIG.
I know you all know how to make a pom, being blogsurfing professionals and shiz, but I thought I'd share a quickie how-to. Take a look!
1. Turn the hat inside-out and a few snips should rid yourself of that lame, lifeless, pom-pom wannabe.
2. Spool your choice of yarn. I used a 4 or 5" slice of stiff cardboard. I wanted my pom splotchy in color, so I used a gray/white blend and some black on the side. You can see the skeins in early form with my furry friend on Instagram here or here.
3. Slide the yarn from the spool (cardboard) and wrap a string perpendicularly across the grain of the wound yarn. Be sure to tie this tightly! I even reinforced it with a few strong threads through the core as to not let any strands slip away once shortened.
4. Take scissors and snip all the loops on each side of what looks like a rib cage. It will appear very wily at first but trimming around the sphere is simple. Admire your massive pom in all its glory.
To attach this monster to your hat, be sure to use upholstery thread, or triple the threads on your needle for strength. I used a round piece of felt to anchor the pom to the inside crown of the hat. I'm not sure this is necessary, but... how embarrassing would it be to lose your pom monster while walking down the street?! No, thanks.
Monday is through, folks! Enjoy the rest of your week. xo