My first tammy ~ and my own design ! This little tam I made for my girlfriends’ birthday, last year in September . It’s significance is huge because it launched a sort of knitting rennaisance in my life. I had been for the first time become aware of traditional Fair Isle knitting, and had just checked out in the library a heap of books on the subject, including a few of Alice Starmore’s . I have just bought my first knitting book, the reprint of Alice Starmore’s “FairIsle Knitting”. In the years before this project I hardly knit much, save for a flurry of projects in my first years of spinning, however, in all the years not knitting, I yearned and yearned. Yearning has became the word which best expresses my feeling about knitting (when I was not knitting), and from which I entitle this blog ‘Yarnings’ . This here little Tam O’ Shanter was my first stranded color knitting ever, and it has lured me down a one-way road into yarn and needles and designing the next Autumn or Spring sweaters for my nieces. Knitting has grown in a very short time into a passion which has overtaken all else.
I used the charts provided in Alice Starmore’s “Book of Fair Isle Knitting” which are for the most part, traditional motifs. I used Jamiesons Shetland Spindrift yarn ~ so light and fluffy, I absolutely fell in love with Shetland wool !
Finest yarn I knit to date. Ever !