Have you experienced the magic of pom poms? Those magical balls of cut yarn can transform the ordinary into something special. They add a whimsy that is hard to top with any other element design element we knitters have at our fingertips. Except for maybe ears. My thought was, “What if pom poms became EARS? What would that be like?” Voila!
Pom poms can be as big or as small as you like. You can put them anywhere and on anything. Some people make pom pom garlands. I’m totally going to do a colorful pom pom garland to decorate my cubicle at my day job. I need the color and the happiness engendered in that little ball of fluff to remind me not to take things too seriously.
This week we were snowed in for four solid days. I think much of the country was snowed in this week. We actually had more trouble with ice than with snow. We could not go anywhere. I did what any good knitter does when faced with this circumstance. I knitted and baked cookies.
I really hate to miss a chance to get snow pictures! Snow days are rare in Virginia Beach, so I didn’t not want to allow all that Marshmallow Fluff to go to waste. So we took pictures in the yard where it was safe to go, and we were steps away from a warm house. It was about 15 degrees F while we were taking these pictures. That’s hard on people, dogs and camera equipment! We were outside for all of 15 minutes. I had double knits on Willie to keep him warm. That’s why you see that red cowl peeking out in the picture above. Since that cowl is the subject for another blog post, let me share some pictures that feature JUST the Bunny Bear Dog Snood.
How CUTE is this?? Lest you think he doesn’t like it, I will ask you to notice the golden blur to the upper left corner. That would be Willie’s wagging tail. He doesn’t wag if he’s not happy, and he was wagging a LOT! I couldn’t stop laughing and cooing over him. Pom pom ears. Come on, people. Are you going to tell me this didn’t illicit a smile if nothing else? If you’re so grumpy that seeing a golden retriever in pom pom ears didn’t make you smile then I think all hope is lost for you.
I knitted this as a simple garter stitch cowl and then decided to whip up a couple of pom poms and just see what it would look like if I attached them to mimic ears. I call myself a “possibility knitter.” I’m always asking myself, “What if I tried this or that? How would it be?” Sometimes it’s terrible. But sometimes you get THIS.
The cowl is actually a little bit large to wear as a snood, so I will need to size it down a little in the circumference and make it a bit wider so it goes down over the neck a little more. But for a prototype, I think this is a home run! I definitely think that spending a little time with this getting gauge just right for a pattern and regular FO to sell in the shop is a good idea.
I always knit up something new and then photograph it to see how it looks. If I don’t like it in the pictures, then I won’t continue to refine the pattern. But this? Oh yeah. I’m going to work on this one!
How about you? Do you knit for your dog? I highly recommend it. It’s fun and everybody loves a dog in a hand knit. If you haven’t explored pom poms yet, then what are you waiting for? In a future post, I’ll share with you how I make mine. There is a trick to getting them to look fluffy and even.
Stay warm dear readers. If you can’t get outside yet, then do some extra knitting and bake yourself some cookies. Calories don’t count when there’s snow on the ground.