When Kay, Ann, and I began planning Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 3: Wild Yarns, it was fall 2016. I had recently returned from a trip to India, a country where bright colors and unabashed adornment abound. It is a place where embellishment extends far beyond textiles and jewelry, where even truck and taxi drivers decorate the rear and side-view mirrors of their vehicles with pompoms and tassels. I was fascinated with these adornments, and within a few weeks of my return, I had convinced Kay and Ann that we needed to include some in Wild Yarns.
Kay introduced me to Cassie Hull of Hull Heart, whose pompom, tassel, and weaving work she had been following on Instagram. I shared my mood board/color palette with Cassie along with some extra inspiration. I also checked in with Vilasinee Bunnag, owner of Loome, a new pompom- and tassel-making tool company I was seeing all over the place, and V sent us some Loome tools to play around with.
Here’s the original palette for Field Guide No. 3: Wild Yarns.
Here is some of the pompom/tassel inspiration I sent to Cassie.
Here is a photo of Cassie’s pompoms and tassels on the floor in my office, looking beautifully wild.
And here they are looking beautifully serene, in a photo taken by Sara Remington for Field Guide No. 3.
Finally, last weekend, nearly 9 months after my trip to India, I got out my Loome tool and let my long-swirling pompom urges flow.
I started out with a small bunch of wildly coiffed pompoms on a string.
At that point, I was nearly more seduced by the bits of woolly detritus than my pompoms.
I played around with the idea of hanging the pompoms from the backs of chairs on my porch.
And on the handle of a straw bag.
But I sort of always knew that what I wanted to do with them. I just hadn’t said it out loud: hang them above my garden door.
I don’t know if birds will pick at them or if they will shrivel up or fade from the rain or sun, but I do know that I want to add more pompoms to this scene—and maybe some tassels, too.
I want my wild yarns to blow and twirl in the wind, just like the ones on the trucks and taxis in India.