Surviving the Pom Pom

Reed has asked so many crazy adorable questions lately. I know I am biased, but my kid might be a genius.

Reed recently learned how to use the Google Voice app on the cell phone to search for interesting videos. He’s been asking the phone a litany of standard kid questions.

Reed will ask:

Show me a video of the sun.

And the phone promptly shows him videos of the sun. Or whatever. It is fun to look through his search history each evening, curious as to what Reed has researched that day. It’s all just too cute and modern at the same time.

This morning I heard Reed ask the phone this:

Show me a video of making yarn in a factory.

Yep. He’s a smart one.

Although apparently he hasn’t met a hand spinner yet.

Last week on the way to pre-school, Reed asked me the following questions in under thirty minutes:

  1. Why do clouds float?
  2. How do solar panels work? (This required that I detour past my office en route to pre-school to show him the solar panels on the roof.)
  3. Do we live in the world? (I answered yes.)
  4. If we live in the world, and the world is spinning, then we are spinning too? (I also answered yes.)
  5. Why doesn’t it feel like we are spinning?

A couple of days ago, he provided further evidence of his brilliance (assuming one disregards his ineptitude toward cleaning up after himself and lack of ability to blow his own nose without smearing snot everywhere), by asking:

What is in other planets?

They have been learning about the solar system in pre-school. Tuition money well spent, indeed!

I finished this hat at the end of December, but procrastinated a full two months before making the requisite pom pom to attach to the top.

I had my reasons.

Mostly they were fear-based.

I hadn’t made a pom pom before, and I thought it would be hard.

Not to mention, I had lived the prior 37 years of my life decidedly anti-pom pom as a sort of moral position, and it took me a while to digest my new insatiable NEED to make a pom pom and stick it on the top of Reed’s hat.

I had to process.

It all worked out. I resolved my inner philosophical dilemma on the fine art of pom poms and other accessory attachments. I borrowed the pom pom maker from my favorite knitting friend. I watched the You Tube tutorial. I made the pom pom.

It took under twenty minutes and left me loving pom poms.

I am now trying to ignore that inner hunger to make strings and strings of pom pom garlands with my heap of scrap yarn taking up way too much space in the hall closet.

Because who doesn’t need strings and strings of pom pom garlands collecting dust in their house?

I KNEW you’d understand.

P.S. Many thanks to Julie @ Knitted Bliss for featuring Reed’s hat on her Mod Monday series earlier this week. We were both so flattered!

Previous Post Next Post

You Might Also Like


  • Reply Mrs Craft March 12, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    He sounds like a smart kid! He and my son sound very similar, if they got together I reckon they’d plan world domination within 5 minutes!

  • Reply Kristy March 12, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I emptied out the acrylic stash on a stunning GIANT pom pom mobile above my daughter’s change mat. So satisfying.

  • Reply Stefanie March 12, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Holey bagels; that is one smart kid. Love his curiousity and questions. You need to take him to a planetarium; he’ll get a kick out of talking to a scientist about this stuff. Pom Poms are so fun. I love the giant ones and the itty bitty baby ones.

  • Reply karen March 13, 2017 at 5:48 am

    he is growing up too fast for me!! I love his sweater and his hat and how he looks perfectly perfect in his outfit 🙂 🙂

  • Reply woolythymes March 13, 2017 at 6:09 am

    i got out my pompom maker this weekend, too….some hats just scream pompom!! and it again reminded me of what a great stash-buster pompoms are. seriously thinking about a pompom garland for the christmas tree next year—showcasing all of this year’s projects. just a thought!

  • Reply Julie Crawford March 13, 2017 at 7:11 am

    oh yeah, let the pom pom garland making commence!!! Reed is clearly a genius – Lila never ever asks any questions like that. She doesn’t ask many questions at all, unless she wants something and is asking for that thing. Go Reed!! He looks adorable in his hat and sweater.

  • Reply itsallaboutpurple March 13, 2017 at 8:34 am

    oh dear, brains and beauty, and best dressed, you are in trouble!!!

    i use a meat fork for making pom-poms and it works great. i love pom-poms too!!!

  • Reply MurisKnits March 16, 2017 at 4:52 am

    Hurray for pompoms! I recently bought a pompom maker with 5 different size options and constantly look for excuses to make pompoms! They look amazing when you use a variegated or self striping yarn! Your son sounds just like mine, he is now grown and is a very talented artist!

  • I would love to hear from you! Please say hello.

    %d bloggers like this: