I recently inherited a few leftover balls of yarn from my good friend who has become a knitting master. Knitting is such a great flow activity because it allows you to reach a state of full concentration on one activity while managing another. Basically helps you master the art that is multi-tasking. This activity is encouraged at my job as part of our wellness curriculum. Unfortunately, I cannot knit to save my life! I have taken classes, joined knitting circles, watched countless video tutorials with no such luck. Despite my numerous attempts and failures, I decided to find a new way to use up the yarn I have collected over the years along with the scraps from my friend to create something just as fulfilling as a flow activity and creative.
I found so many different ways to use yarn to make pom poms. This is not anything new. Pom poms are used very often around the holidays to top off a present, as garland for decorating, or as a makeshift flower. I decided to give these a try today!
I came into work and found all these little beauties! I was so excited to give this tutorial a try.
- Wrap the yarn around your fingers (two to three fingers at a time, depending on the size you are looking for.
- I wrapped each little ball approximately 50-65 times. I was not paying close attention to each ball as I was practicing my ability to master the art of flow activities and tried to simply stay in the zone and focus on the end result.
- Cut the wrapped pieces off the rest of the ball along with another string about 8 inches long
- Wrap the yarn around the ball as close to the center as you can get it and tie a double knot
- Start chopping! Cut each round of yarn to start poofing it out (I think I just made up a word)
- Trim away! Give your new little pom a haircut.
- Cut as much off as you can to make sure it is in fact a pom and not a fur ball
- Left: Un-trimmed shaggy ball / Right: Trimmed up pom pom
These are a few poms I managed to finish tonight. I am excited to tackle the rest of the yarn and then finally reveal where these babies are going to settle in.
As far as flow goes, I think I hit it. I was definitely content as I was wrapping and trimming and putting this yarn to good use. And simultaneously satisfied as I finished each pom. I encourage everyone to find a flow activity they enjoy to promote their daily wellness practices. For me, 2013 has been all about wellness. I hope to be able to share more of that aspect of my life with y’all here in the coming months.
Til then, Hope everyone had a great hump day!