My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Of Hats and Pompoms

The four winners of a copy of the Mountain Peak Hat pattern, two copies provided by me and two generously donated by the pattern designer  Sandra C, are:

  • melodyinfl
  • AnimalCrazy
  • momcatb
  • omama

You four have received or will soon receive the pattern as a gift from either me or from Sandra C. Check your Ravelry inboxes. Thanks to everyone who left a comment and to Sandra C for donating patterns!

There was a question in the comments: where does one purchase faux fur pompoms? I have purchased faux fur pompoms from The Loopy Ewe and from various Etsy sellers.

My Alaska Hat pompom came from The Loopy Ewe. My Mountain Peak Hat pompom came from Etsy seller LocalitySD.

It did occur to me that a faux fur pompom would not be too difficult to make. All you need is faux fur fabric, polyester fiberfill, and yarn. Cut the faux fur in a circle. Using a sharp needle threaded with yarn, work a running stitch around the outside edge of the circle. pull it tight to make a hollow ball and stuff with fiberfill before pulling to together completely and securing. Easy, right? The only drawback is finding cheap faux fur fabric for sale. By the yard, good faux fur can be quite expensive. Of course you don’t need much for a pompom — a quarter yard will get you several poms, depending on the width. I’m still on the hunt for remnant pieces for discount prices.

Incidentally, I’ve seen it written as both pompom and pompon. According to the Grammarist:

The term for a decorative tuft of material such as wool or ribbon was originally pompon, which came to English from French in the 19th century, but the misheard form pompom has gradually gained ground. Today, the two are used about equally in English. Two-word spellings such as pom pom and pom pon have never been standard, though they appear in informal contexts, and hyphenated forms such as pom-pom are likewise nonstandard. There’s no reason for the word to have a hyphen.

So technically “pompon” is more correct, but all my life I’ve seen it as “pompom.” Old habits die hard.

I finished another hat, this one pompom-less:

This is the Hedda Hat, designed by Trin-Annelie, knit in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Mediumweight, in limited edition colorways “Lily” and “Greenery,” purchased from The Loopy Ewe.

Next up is a BIG project.

Loki can’t wait!


  1. Melody Bryan says:

    Thanks very much for the hat giveaway, I’ve not won anything for a while. I’m anxious to make a hat for me now. Thanks!

  2. Your Hedda hat is striking! I wouldn’t have thought of your choice of colors but they alone make me want to knit the hat. Thank you for sharing your knits and Loki!

  3. Beautiful hats! Especially like the Mountain Peak ~nice!

  4. Thanks again for the hat pattern;O)) I really love the colors of your latest hat – those STR colors are beautiful together.

  5. This has been so fun! Thank you, Wendy, for offering my Mountain Peak Hat pattern in your giveaway and allowing me to join in the fun! It has been a joy!

  6. Loki is looking nice and fluffy too. Loki pom pom on one of those lovely hats.

  7. LOVE that hat! Thanks for the grammar lesson. I’ve never seen it spelled pompon, but I have seen pom pom. Probably in my own writing. Yikes!
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  8. JudyHammond says:

    Love it!

  9. Beautiful hats! Especially love the Hedda Hat and the colors are great! Loki looks great as always!

  10. Lovely hat and oh my Loki you are making my Ruffles swoon

  11. Hi Wendy! I just noticed your Merveille du Jour! I have it, chucked it because the short rows were driving me batty, but now that I see yours, I think I’ll be rethinking it. I seem to have missed a lot of knitting; I moved from Toronto to my home town of Ottawa late last year (and what a mind-numbingly cold winter we’re having to welcome me home) with my Malcolm (who handled the move like a champ!). Once again, thanks for the inspiration, and the handsome pictures of Loki. I’ll just have to take it slow – after all I won’t be wearing it any time soon…