I started knitting to earn a Girl Scout badge. It was the never-ending project that resulted in a lumpy but lovable blue scarf. When my kids were little, I spent four Saturday afternoons at the local arts center learning to knit and create boiled wool totes. The idea was to meet new people, flex my creative muscle and get creative. Of course, it was a refuge from a weekend of driving to soccer games, grocery shopping, and short-order cooking.
Later, my daughter taught me to knit on circular needles and now I can knit a beanie in a flash. It's a joy to spend a few hours working with a soft angora and the results are luxurious. I like adding a pom pom, because, why not? Crafty!
Making pom poms with a fork
Using a large dinner fork, wrap yarn around all tines. Wrap at least 20 times. Now you'll thread another piece of the yarn through the center tines on either side of the wrapped loops, and tie a secure knot. Gently pull the yarn off of the fork and cut up the center of both sides to create the pom pom.