Baa-bles and pom-poms.

While we were at TNNA, in between swatching new yarns and meeting with vendors, I worked on a colorwork hat. In spite of the long, busy days, the hat was quickly completed, due to the thick, quick-knitting yarn, and the adorable, addictive nature of the pattern.


Here’s my “Baa-ble Hat,” a free pattern designed by Donna Smith for Shetland Wool Week 2015. I knit it in four shades of Jamieson’s Shetland Heather Aran, which has all the wooly charms of its fingering weight cousin, the beloved Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift.


I topped it with this delightfully oversized pom-pom, which I made using what looks to be the largest pom-pom maker available.

pompom maker

I trimmed a good inch or so off of the pom-pom after removing it from this gadget, and still, it’s a rather significant pom-pom.


Anne and I have been getting some serious pom-pom practice of late, making colorful pom-poms for our summer shop window display. We used all different gauges of yarn, from fingering weight to super bulky, sometimes working with two different colors or multiple strands of yarn in any given pom-pom.


It’s a motley group of pom-poms, but now that they’re hanging neatly in the shop window, we’re really quite fond of them, and the whimsical atmosphere they’ve lent the place.



Come by the shop to pick up a pom-pom maker or two–we just got the full range of sizes in stock!


Pom-pom makers.

We routinely order from Bryson Distributing, filling in on a few different kinds of knitting needles, crochet hooks, notions and accessories. By special request, our most recent order included a gadget that’s new for us: pom-pom makers.


These two colorwork hats from the Baa Ram Ewe Trunk Show have been getting a lot of attention, not only because of their lovely patterning, but also because of their robust pom-poms. I’ve certainly never made a pom-pom as puffy and lively-looking as these, and with as many folks as we’ve had asking how to make them, it sounds like many of us have suffered disappointing pom-poms. Perhaps these pom-pom makers are the secret! We have them in every size, for all your pom-pom needs.


Come by the shop when you’re seeking notions! We’re committed to stocking all manner of tools and gadgets to suit all manner of preferences, and if we don’t have what you’re looking for, we may well be able to order it for you. See you there!