Is it too early to make Christmas Balls? That's the question on everyone's lips, isn't it? Look at this glorious creation - a Giant Christmas Ball from a book I picked up at a secondhand book fair a few months ago, Fun With Wool by Michael Joseph, published in 1975. Being a 70s kid myself, this is just the kind of book I love, full of fun pics & projects.
I think I might make one of these big, joyous pom-pom clusters. Don't you just love the colour combo they've chosen? Just in case you want to make one too (& why wouldn't you?!), here's the accompanying instructions. There's plenty of info about how to make pom-poms available (if you didn't happen to spend your childhood rhythmically threading wool through cardboard rings), so I won't worry with that - here's the bit about the Giant Christmas Ball itself:
Materials: Orange, pink & violet wool; a ball of polystyrene 12cm (4.75") in diameter; pins 4cm (1.5") long.
Take two discs 3.6cm (1.4") in diameter, with a central hole 1cm (.4") in diameter & make 22 orange pom-poms, 27 pink pom-poms, 27 violet pom-poms, taking care to fill the central hole completely.
Pin the pom-poms to the polystyrene ball, arranging the colours as shown in the picture.
Crochet a chain of 120 stitches. Knot the two ends together & pin one end of the loop to the polystyrene ball.
I'm thinking an even bigger polystyrene ball would be great. I might use ribbon for the loop instead (I can't crochet), & make it more secure by gluing it around the circumference of the ball before attaching the pom-poms. And maybe using fine wire bent into a u-shape to attach the pom-poms might be a bit better than using pins.
Let's deck the halls with pom-pom balls this Christmas!
I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the other great images from Fun With Wool...