I work voluntary in a charity shop, and on 1 particular day late in 2020, we had a donation come in of a bag of oddments of different kinds of yarn. At the time, I didn't pay much attention to it, but the man I work with said, "I'll chuck this out. It won't sell." My reply was, "Don't do that, I'll take it to my craft group." So I grabbed the bag off him and took it home. Once I got home I had a look through the back and there were a few balls and used balls of the regular yarn you get, but I also noticed about 6 balls of this pom-pom yarn. Now, I'd never seen yarn like this before but it did intrique me.
So I went to my craft group and took the yarn with me and showed it to the lady who runs the group. She said, "Oh yes, that's very easy to knit with, I'll show you." So she kitted a couple of lines for me and told me to take this yarn home and try knitting with it myself. The regular yarn I let her keep to use herself.
Now, I'm not the greatest knitter in the world. I remember my Grandmother trying to teach me to knit as a child, but I could never get as good as she was. Anyhow, I can knit scarves and squares lol, so I thought I'd try and knit a scarf with it. There was balls of pink and white yarn in the bag, so thought I'd do a pink and white scarf and alternate the colours.
Knitting with the yarn.
To be honest with you, I did find it a bit tricky to knit with to begin with. Knitting around the little pom-poms I found quite difficult to start with, and often had to get the help of my friend to get me out a sticky situation when I had made (quite a few!) mistakes! Although it takes me longer to knit that it would with regular yarn, I am quite enjoying it. I've knitted quite a lot of the scarf now and have only got 1 more ball to use, but it's looking quite good, for me anyway. I know there's a few mistakes in it but that's ok. As I say, I'm not the best knitter around so don't expect it to be perfect. But what I do like is that it feels really soft. I do find though I have to keep stopping from knitting after a few minutes though as my fingers start aching. Holding the yarn in my fingers can be quite awkward when I wind it round the knitting needle.
Now, I know there's more highly more experienced knitters out there than me. I can't even follow a knitting pattern haha. And bearing in mind this is my first attempt at knitting with this wool, I've quite enjoyed it. The knack is to knit in between the pom poms, so you hold down the pom pom when you get it on the needle so you can knit the yarn. Although it can be quite tricky to begin with, I think once you've got the hang of it you'll get into a rhythm. Personally, I've quite enjoyed working with this yarn. Granted, it don't look as 'tidy' as some of the more experienced knitters I've seen on You Tube, but practice makes perfect, right?
Price and Availability
The pom pom yarn is available on Amazon. It's a good job I didn't let him throw this away as it doesn't come cheap! I think next time I'll try making a blanket though. I did notice there are various sellers selling this yarn at various prices, so it's best to shop around and have a look for what you want. I mean, the link I'm posting below can certainly be made into a baby blanket, for instance. I've also posted a video on how to make a blanket from it.
Happy knitting everyone!!!
Sirdar Sweet Snuggly Sweetie Knitting Yarn
How to knit a baby blanket with pom pom wool
© 2021 Louise Powles
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 10, 2021:
I have never noticed pom pom wool, so I found this interesting to read and see what you did with it. I'm glad that you rescued it from being discarded.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 10, 2021:
I admire your talent & knowledge of knowing not to waste anything.
You have turned it into something beautiful.
Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 10, 2021:
It must have been a difficult task to learn how to knit with this yarn. The end product with this wool looks amazing.
FlourishAnyway from USA on January 09, 2021:
I’m glad you found a use for it! It turned out really cute! I found a bunch of yarn (bags and bags) in crazy colors in my grandmother’s belongings. She is recently deceased. My aunts gave me all her crochet and yarn stuff and I have been completing her blankets. I’ve also made small blankets and donated them to cat charities. She loved cats. No reason for the yarn to go to waste.
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 09, 2021:
I've never heard of pom-pom wool before. It's looks lovely. Thanks for introducing me to it, Louise. I'm going to look out for it where I live.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 09, 2021:
My mother could knit but I have never been good at it. I think it is great you were able to use something that might have been tossed out otherwise, and it is really nice looking, Louise. It is really nice you are in a craft group. I was in one a few years ago, and it was so rewarding.
Lisa Jane from Washington on January 09, 2021:
Love this article. I have never heard of this yarn before.
Liz Westwood from UK on January 09, 2021:
This is a great recycling article. You really show the benefit of trying to reuse rather than throw this away.