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I love knitting and I knit baby hats which I then sell on EBay. The other day I decided to make a Christmas version in red with a white trim but then I decided that I wanted to put a white pom pom on the top to finish it off. As a girl, when I needed to make a pom pom, I would use two circular pieces of card with a circular hole cut through the middle. I would wind the wool through the hole and round the cardboard, cut in-between the two pieces of card, tie a piece of wool round the middle and then pull off the cardboard - easy! For the top of a baby hat I needed a really small pom pom so I thought it would be too fiddly to make it in the traditional way. I knew that my friend had a special pom pom maker so I thought I would borrow it and try it, then I could treat myself to one if I found it easy to use. I found it really easy to use, it made successful pom poms and they looked good so I went out and treated myself to the pom pom maker. The name of the company that make these little gadgets is Clover. The sizes of these gadgets that I could find on EBay are as follows - shown together with their current prices: Extra Small 20mm and 25mm £4.79 Small 35mm and 45mm £5.70 Large 65mm and 85mm £6.95 Jumbo 115mm £8.95 Each different size has a different coloured inner section so it is easy to spot the one that you want to use if you have bought a complete set. The ones that I borrowed and then subsequently purchased were the small ones. Incidentally the sizes shown above are the diameters of the finished pom poms. The two little gadgets come affixed to a piece of cardboard which is folded in two and then covered in shrink wrapped plastic. On the back of the cardboard is a very quick guide to using the pom pom maker and, if you open the cardboard out, there is a more detailed set of instructions on the inside. The instructions are simply written and have diagrams at each stage to illustrate what you are supposed to be doing. As I initially read them I found them to be a little too simple and somewhat confusing but, as I knew the principle of making pom poms, I fathomed it all out pretty quickly. Now we get to the complicated bit! This gadget is simple to use but it is going to be a challenge to explain! Here goes.................. The picture at the top of this review shows the pom pom maker all folded up ready for storage. It is sturdily made from strong plastic and consists up of two separate identical pieces which join together by means of a metal spike through the centre of the middle bit. Each piece opens out to reveal a coloured semi circle at each end which folds back to clip round the centre ivory coloured section. To make a pom pom you begin with the two parts of the gadget fixed together. Open out the first set of coloured semi circles at one side and wrap your yarn evenly round this - put on as much as you can as this will mean that you get a nice dense pom pom. Then you can swing this side back into the centre and open out the other side to do the same thing again. You now have the gadget as it looks in the picture at the top of this review with wool wound around the coloured pieces. You then take the whole thing in one hand and, using a good sharp pair of scissors, you then cut along the centre groove where the two pieces of the gadget meet one another - this has to be done on both sides. To finish off you have to put a piece of yarn in between the two pieces of the gadget and tie it tightly. If you don't tie it tightly enough at this stage the pom pom will drop to pieces when the gadget is removed. The two pieces of the pom pom maker are then pulled apart and there is your pom pom. The two halves of the gadget should then be pushed back together for safe storage as the pom pom maker can be used over and over again. Depending on how careful you have been in your winding and cutting it may need trimming to make it look a nice neat sphere - I always have to trim mine! It will also need fluffing up to make it look like the pretty pom pom that it will be by this stage. It is easy to make your pom pom look neat, tidy and really pretty Differing yarns will make different types of pom pom - basically the fluffier the yarn the better the pom pom. The cotton types of yarn won't work very well at all and you will get a flat, droopy pom pom. You can also use up bits of spare yarn to make multi coloured pom poms. The resulting pom poms can be used to decorate clothes - scarves, hats, gloves etc. They could also be used to decorate wrapped presents or even to make decorations. The uses for the pom poms are only limited by your own imagination. As I said I needed mine to finish off a Christmas baby hat that I had knitted and it was perfect for the job so I am very happy with the gadget. In conclusion I would recommend these gadgets. They are well made, robust, they work very well and are easy to use. An excellent find!