Folks, we need to talk about pompom trimming.  This isn’t actually a sentence I ever thought I’d say, but apparently my life is odd.  I heard from so may folks saying some variation of ‘ack, your pompoms are perfect, mine never look like that.’  And I’m here to tell you it’s all in the trimming.  No one’s pompoms look perfect right off the maker.

Want proof?  Check this out.  That’s the two I made for this hat straight off the form.

Hot mess, right?  And that’s totally normal.  They always look like that.  You just need to trim them down.  I like to do my trimming in two sessions.  The first one gets it sort of shaped and a first pass at smoothing out the surface, but it doesn’t get all of it.  Here’s the first pass.

And that is better.  You could stop there if you wanted.  But I find I have a much better time if I then do a second pass.  It even try and do it a day or two later, I swear you’ll see things when you go in with fresh eyes that you missed the first time.

And the bits your cutting off are tiny.  Like itty bitty little fluff particles (which is why I do this outside…no one wants that inside).  But it makes a huge difference to the finished piece.

So if you don’t like your pompoms, don’t beat yourself up.  You’re probably just not trimming enough.  Try taking a break and giving it another go (and always always always use more yarn than you think you need…always).

Ostensibly (plus giveaway)

I’m a grown up. I am. I have the paperwork to prove it. But somehow…somehow my reaction to this hat makes me question just how much of an adult I really am.  It’s called Ostensibly, and you can get it on ravelry for 10% off with the code ALLEGED.

I can’t decide if it’s the rainbow colors, or the pompom (or the other pompom, or the other other pompom), or the blatant refusal to weave in my ends, but this one feels like about the farthest thing from being grown up I can imagine.

And I’m not even a little bit sorry.  Nope, not one bit.  If you have to pick somewhere to flagrantly flout responsible adulthood, your knitting is probably a fine choice.  And I’m more than happy to help you do it!

The pattern has all the bits you’d expect (like how to make the hat), but also includes info on all the not-so-grown up things I love about it…how to make all three of those pompoms (and how to make them detachable) and how to braid your ends instead of weaving them in.  There’s even some discussion of how to sub in slightly more subdued colors if you’re in the mood for something more sedate.

But, for those of you loving the colors, I’m going to make one of you very happy. Rachel over at Ontheround is going to send yarn off to a lucky someone.  I used her Everyday DK in Silver Lining Tweed for the background, and the Everyday Lite in Silver Lining Rainbow for the contrast.  She’ll send someone yarn to do the same.  All you need to do to enter is leave a comment telling me the most colorful thing you ever knit.  Are you a fan of neon socks? Outrageous hats? Do you have a scrap yarn blanket on the needles?  There’s no right or wrong answer, I just like to know what you guys make!

And for everyone I can’t send yarn to, you can get Ostensibly for 10% off with the code ALLEGED. Just put Ostensibly in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code ALLEGED.  You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, June 22, 2018 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send the yarn their way.  Be sure to use a real email address so I can contact you if you’ve won (I won’t do anything with those email addresses besides notify the winner).  If I do email you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them.  This is open to people anywhere in the world, but I need a US mailing address to send yarn to.

Might be excessive

Ok…so we established that I firmly believe one rainbow pompom was a fine thing to do.  But you see…there was some of the gray speckled yarn leftover too.  And I didn’t want it to feel left out.

You wouldn’t want that, would you?  I mean that would just be heartless.

So yeah, specked pompom too.  Now I have to decide which I like better!

You knew it was coming

So I mean really…can you blame me?  Because I don’t think I can be asked to resist the idea of a pompom out of this.

Possibly you can. You may also be able to resist that extra piece of pizza, staying up late on school nights, and yet another bottle of nail polish.  But I can’t.

And I sort of hope that never changes.  As far as indulgences go, these are pretty minor.

And nothing this cheerful can be anything other than a force for good in the world!

One more time, for anyone wandering by late to the party, the yarn is Everyday Lite by ontheround in their Silver Lining rainbow color.  And the hat it goes with will be out on Tuesday (so you’ve got a day or two to track down some yarn of your own if you want to play too).


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