I had a ball with the last Pintester Movement and am back in the saddle for the next challenge. Our mission is to try a Pinterest pin for ourselves and report back on success/failure/successful failure.
The very adorable Pom Pom Bookmark project from Design Mom has been on my list for a while. Using my unopened pom pom maker has also been on my list. So, I decided to create a little friendly competition between the pure DIY and the Plastic-Novelty-Enhanced quasi DIY. Let the craft thunderdome begin..
The original DIY pin.
Overall, it went fairly well, and the instructions were super easy to follow. This particular yarn was pure cotton, very soft, and not very fuzzy. Perhaps not the best choice for this project, but crafting hindsight is 20/20. I proceeded to wrap it around my fingers, slip it off, and tie tightly around the middle. The fun part was snipping the yarn loops. There's something satisfying about that sound.
By far, the only annoying thing about this project was the trimming/shaping. I'm apparently not the girl you want to hire to make your topiary look nice. Design Mom reassures that we will all get better at this with practice, so there's that.
My final product was definitely less fluffy than desired. Yarn choice fail!
Also, the pom pom just seems to big for your average book. I think three fingers were too many to wrap around.
The Pom Pom Maker
For a fair comparison I used the same lame yarn with the pom pom maker. But, I decided to make a smaller one, because smaller is cuter. The instructions were so simple, yet in reality it was a very strange little contraption. Once I finally figured out how to pry it apart properly it was still a little unwieldy. I kept worrying about the yarn slipping off somehow. It basically has two legs that you open and wrap yarn around and then snap back together to form a donut. Once it's securely snapped back, you snip the loops and then slide some yarn into a slot at the center of the donut and tie tightly.
When I released the pom pom, I was underwhelmed. Not fuzzy. Not cute. I guess the best thing about it was the little to no trimming involved, all the little pieces were pretty much the same length.
Try a different yarn, dummy
So, not wanting to walk away from the pom poms feeling deflated, I found another kind of yarn to try to make this shiz fuzzy and cute. I don't know the brand of this particular red I used, but I can tell you it's too itchy to put on a human body and it's been in my yarn drawer for a long ass time. Let's give it some new life!
I'm happy to report that using the low quality yarn saved the day! Woo!
Here are the results. The small ones are from the pom pom maker and the large are from the DIY. I used two fingers for the red DIY and I think it's a better size.
As you may notice, the small red one is very shapely. It came outta the pom pom maker like that, you guys. I didn't even have to trim one part.
Because I'm a softie, I'm awarding two prizes in this competition. The prize for ease and speed goes to the DIY pin. The prize for shape goes to the plastic pom pom maker. I have faith that with experience I would become a better ball trimmer. One's got to have goals, right?
All in all, a success!