Walking along the old mountain vineyards close by, I found inspiration for a design which I have named “Vineyard Rows”. A California Highlands Bonnet if there is to be one ! I chose four natural shades of Jamiesons Of Shetland Spindrift yarn, because I happen to love this black & white photo of the historic vineyard landscape I took a year ago. Near the highest vineyard knoll on the mountain perhaps, rows against an Autumn sky, leaves blowing off of the vines as a storm was brewing… it was a walk to remember ! So I came up with this . . .
Vines of grape leaves wind about the wheel, in borders and peeries, along with interruptions of bold checked dicing. To me this tam brings together California Wine Country with Scottish Highlands. Embroidered grape clusters adorn the rambling vines with French knots in wine tones, creating a spectacular and colorful needlework finish I think!
And on *moi*… straight up !
I really went wild with the notion of the toorie and decided that a tam must have accessory options ! Why not an accessory for the accessory ~~ why not tie one on for the mood you’re in ? Basic black, wine red, & marled toories !!!
But before I embroidered the grape clusters into the vines,
I took the hat out into the woods…
Against the moss . . .
And lastly, against a blush of colorful Autumn leaves, showing how the tam’s outer most rim is traditionally useful in shading from the sun.
Well there you have it, my latest design of a tam named “Vineyard Rows”. I have created this tam for all the lovely walks I’ve enjoyed in the beautiful aesthetic of these old vines ~~ this tam is in tribute to them.
If you haven’t yet read a post I made about Knitting & Wine , it is the prelude to this design, as well as other posts and photographs of nearby vineyards, you may peruse in all vineyard posts .
And folks …
Vineyard Rows pattern may be found here .
((as well as details on Ravelry here ))
Hooray! This is so beautiful and such a great design and shape… we even get hat accessories! I love the color choice.
Thank you Carol ! And you know that you really were a big help in lighting the fire for this one xx.
Thanks ! 🙂
So beautiful! Love the color choices and the vine pattern. Thank you Thank you….
With vineyards east, west, north and south of us… how could I not design something with vines? 🙂
Oh Jen, this is lovely. I adore the soft colours and the subtle pattern. I love the shape and how it can be worn different ways depending on ones style or mood. Sigh. Your talent never ceases to amaze me. Congrats. This is one fine tam. xo
Thank you Debbie xx
I say ditto to Debbie! I agree the colors are so soft and pretty, and the pattern is subtle shades of a vineyard. I really like this tam, and the spots of color are a nice contrast. And I also agree, your talent is amazing. I think you are so creative with your inspirations. I love it!
Martha thank you. xx
I love the soft, natural colours. Very subtle. A lovely take on this style which will stand the test of time.
You’ve been a big encouragement throughout the design process, and I thank you Lizzi. xx
I love it! You are a very talented lady. Beautiful, soft colours….
Much thanks Brighid !