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The Clover Pom Pom Maker Product Review

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R & R continues, so today I am reviewing a product that I absolutely love. It is the CLOVER Pom Pom Maker.
I had a 50% off coupon from Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Store, and decided to pick it up. I bought the Large set. It comes with 2 different size pom makers, 2 ½ inch and 3 3/8 inch diameter. There are other sizes you can buy too, including a Heart Shape Pom Maker.

The Clover Pom Pom Maker is quite easy to use. Just wrap the yarn on each half of the maker, cut the wound yarn, tie it off and remove it from the maker. A little fluff and trim and you have a pom pom. Even kids can make poms, with parental supervision.

These can be added to not only scarves and hats, but to shoes, hair clips, wraps, shawls, wreaths.

 

The Sample Diagonal Knit Scarf pictured is made with 1 skein Red Heart Super Saver yarn, 236 yards, 5oz, 141g. I made the poms first, then knit the scarf. As an added bonus, here is the pattern for the scarf.

 

Sample Diagonal Knit Scarf

• 200 yards worsted weight yarn, preferably one that is self striping.
• Size US 8, 5mm knitting needles (straight or circular)
• Clover Pom Pom Maker
• Darning Needle
• Scissors
• Stitch Marker

Directions:
CO 20 sts   you can add more stitches if you want a wider scarf. This scarf measures 4 inches wide.
Row 1: (KFB) Knit front to Back in 1st St; K (knit) across to last 3 sts; K2tog (knit 2 together); K last stitch
Row 2: K across
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until almost out of yarn, Loosely Bind Off all stitches after Row 2. Cut yarn, weave in ends.
With darning needle, attach pom to each side on long diagonal. Make sure you tie it tight. And now you are done.
Enjoy the pattern, it’s a fun and easy one to knit.

Baggy here: I’ve got a Kathy fun fact. Kathy likes to make the tassles and poms before the scarf. She says it is to make sure there is  enough yarn to make a long scarf. Humans are such interesting creatures.|

Poms on diagonal scarf

 

Here it is, the diagonal scarf with pom poms
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Fiberista Elbowitis Againus

I’m here to help.

Was writing this as we were waiting one of those “big storms of some century.” Not much in the knit and crochet has been going on. Why? Because I am  STILL suffering from Tennis Elbow of my left arm.

As WebMD states: “Tennis elbow is a pain focused on the outside of the arm, where your forearm meets your elbow. It’s related to a muscle and tendons in your forearm. Tendons connect your muscles to your bones. When you constantly use your arm in a repetitive motion”

In other words, a big pain. When I saw my orthopedic surgeon in December, he did state most people recover from it with plenty of rest, from 1 month to up to a year. Needing immediate relief from the pain so I got a predinsone shot. Pain for 2 days and then its gone. He told me to rest, to let it heal. I did, for 1 month, then started to crochet. Unfortunately, this was a bad mistake. I needed more rest that my mind would allow. (Typical of all us creative and crafty folks, right? Argh!)

For now, knitting and crochet are done at small intervals, only 1-2 hours daily. Along with other rigorous therapies to help heal muscles and tendons.

So,  what do I do during the day when not crocheting? I am enjoying my time with jigsaw puzzles. Baggy  likes the puzzles too, demanding  to be entertained, or be the entertainment.

Meanwhile, during my adjustment, I have noticed that always right handed, I lift with my left arm. Picking up groceries with my left arm, I fill the hot water pot with my left arm, I carry my purse on my left arm. So, maybe I’m going  to train my brain, and arm, to grab with my right instead of my left arm.

Maybe I’m becoming ambidexpaws. (What do you think, Baggy?)

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Baggy New Year, er, Happy New Year!

Where are the snacks?

Here at YarnKat, the holiday fun continues. And Baggy seems to have made a party out of YarnKat. He’s even got his black tie on in anticipation of the New Year. Which is still a few days away.

Baggy here: Don’t I look handsome? I think I do.

Oh, YES, you are one handsome kitty in your bow tie. Speaking of tying things on, someone must have put catnip in the hot chocolate –the YarnKat Holiday Sale has been extended until January 2nd. Big savings all around. 55% off everything!

Baggy: WHAT?!

That’s right. 55%. That $40 scarf you wanted before Christmas is now $18.
Use coupon code YrEnd2016 to save.

Baggy: Gotta be the catnip…


Speaking of year end, we’re doing a little housekeeping. If you subscribed to YarnKat, and have not received any posts or updates, there is a 2nd step you need to do to complete the process. When you enter your email, we automatically send out a confirmation email and in it, ask you to, obviously, confirm your subscription. Make sure you confirm, or you will miss out.

Baggy: Don’t forget to wish them a Happy New Year.

I think you just did, silly cat. Happy New Year and thanks for supporting YarnKat.

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A One Of A Kind Holiday Gift For YarnKat Friends

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

As Christmas is just a week away, we all look forward to spending time with family and loved ones far and near. Some of you will brave the long lines of security checkpoint at the airport, rush hour traffic on the road. And some of you are staying home, curled up to a warm fire with a cup of hot cocoa, knowing it’s nice that family can be just a call away…

With the holiday fast approaching, the malls are crazy with shoppers, the stores are low on stock and patience went out the door a long time ago. Have no fear, YarnKat is here.

Baggy: My patience went out the door years ago….

As a crafter, I like to give handmade items as gifts. The handcrafted element is something that can be treasured and I know from experience the person receiving it will cherish it for a long time.

Baggy: Yes, we know. Now tell them the good stuff!

Okay Mr. Baggins, give me a second. So, here’s my Holiday gift to all the YarnKat family:

YarnKat is having a one of a kind event.

EVERYTHING, yes, everything is 50% OFF.
That’s right. Everything including patterns are on sale.

At 50% OFF.

Baggy: 50 PERCENT! Yeow!

It’s my way of saying Thanks for stopping by and looking at YarnKat.

Baggy and I decided to time the sale with the US Postal Service Christmas deadline.  The sale is good until Dec 21, so act fast if you want it delivered by Christmas. Weather pending, of course…

Enter this promotional/coupon code at checkout to receive 50% OFF your order: holidaycat50

Merry Christmas,
Kathy and Baggy

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Final Show Of The Year. Locals, Come On Out And Do Some Holiday Shopping!

If she keeps wrapping me in ribbons, I’m going to need some Catnip!

My last holiday boutique of the year is tomorrow. Let’s close out the season with some fun holiday shopping.

Need a gift for someone hard to buy for?
Come see my handmade knit and crochet scarves, fingerless mitts, shawls and shawlettes.

Shawls and shawlettes are 25% off, discount price on tag.
Maybe you need to get great stocking stuffers, like wool felted gift card envelopes or coffee cup cozies.
Are you playing Santa to the little ones?
Kids love my crochet animals and knit and crochet character hats.
Want to feel comfy and cozy, why not snuggle up in one of my throws or afghans?
They are on sale for 25% off the marked price.

Lots to see, come by and shop till you drop!

Here’s the 411:
Charles Wilson Park
2200 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance

9am-4pm.

(Baggy here:  I need some catnip. There are some some big savings, come on out and shop!)

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Tennis Elbow? I don’t even play the game!

Baggy is so happy he doesn't have to tape his paws.
Baggy is so happy he doesn’t have to tape his paws.

Hello friends!

Are you done with your shopping for Christmas? Have all of your knitting and crochet completed and packaged nicely to give? I have my last 2 shows this weekend and have been quite busy finishing up projects for the  potential sales.
However, a couple of weeks ago, I started feeling a lot of pain in my left arm. This pain actually became unbearable and my work stopped. Pain is not a good sign for a fiber artist with upcoming events. Yikes!
I saw my orthopedics doctor and I learned that I have Tennis Elbow. Repetitive motion, straining the tendons that connect the elbow causing pain –to the point that I cannot hold anything as light as a ball of yarn without pain shooting through my arm. Many things can be done to help prevent this very common condition…. the best being REST!
Unless I want to continue to live in pain, I HAVE TO STOP crocheting and knitting for a little bit of time. Baggy cat won’t like this because he loves yarn, especially the balls which are perfect for his paws.
YarnKat will still be here going strong, just at a much more leisurely pace until further notice from the orthopedics doctor and physical therapists. Meanwhile, I wanted to let you know that  there will be upcoming specials that you will want check out, so stay tuned!

For now, the needles and hooks are on hiatus, taking a well deserved holiday..

 

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Happy Thanksgiving From YarnKat

turkeyciipartOld memories: Growing up, my grandparents always cooked the dinner, whether at their house or ours. Long, long hours spent waiting for the bird to be done. Homemade stuffing, stuffed inside the bird, the jellied cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and rutabagas. Dinner was around 4pm and the naps began quickly afterwards. Football was a must watch, family conversations, laughter.

Now Thanksgiving dinner is ordered, less cooking time needed, rutabagas and potatoes not on the menu, appetizers are in place, Martinelli’s Apple Cider the drink of the day, and the Bartholomew Green Slime (lime jello mold) are on the menu.  As we make our way to Long Beach to Lee’s family home, I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

(Ahem, Baggy wishes you all a happy Turkey day, too! Now I wonder how much yarn I can unroll while they are gone…)

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Handmade and Handcrafted Roots

 

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My first scarf. Can you believe my brother kept it all these years?!

It’s been just a few days since YarnKat was launched and I feel reminiscent. Jump into my time machine as we go back (GASP) 40 years, a shy teenager learning a few tricks with knitting needles and crochet hooks: How to do the backward loop cast on, making chains and single crochet with a crochet hook.

I was proud to be able to knit scarves with circular needles. All I needed was 1 circular needle, 1 straight needle, and 1 crochet hook, all Boye brand.

I knitted my brother a scarf and embellished it. I think the yarn I knitted with was Wintuk, an acrylic yarn.  I was quite surprised to learn that he kept the scarf. It looks brand new. Handcrafted by me, handmade by me.