Sunday, January 28, 2007

Brain Tam done-


Ok, that was just FUN! Maybe not chuckles and side-splitting, but fun. I think I need to get a better needle set-up, because the tiny DPNs just suck. I think I'll have to get a set of eensy Addi circs (Knitpicks has no 12" needles) in a 1, and corresponding straights.

The cool part about these is that the overall tam pattern is enhanced by the repetition of a small wedge design. I started out going for butterflies, then thought, no, this looks like flowers, so that's what I went for. I like the way the slots in the rose at the outer edge are echoed by the slots at the center.

The text in Knitted Tams points out that mixing fibers may be a problem when blocking the hat, which makes sense, but I had a pretty good idea of the fiber composition of my yarns. I thought it was interesting that even tho all my yarns were the same WEIGHT, the body and behavior varied a lot. I think I would like to work on acheiving subtler effects with the color ranges, but other than that, I am pretty happy with this. 'Course I would also like to come up with some really eye poppers too...

This one is for DGD, which is pretty liberating. A hat for a 4 year old can be ANYTHING, so it's a good experimental vehicle. I know Les was freaked out when I scanned the hat with that acid yellow, but hey, I think it did what I wanted it to by popping the purple a little. I can't help it, I like things with high contrast. They say babies are stimulated by black and white contrast. Perhaps I have infantile tastes? I love the taste of custard....
On the down side, I spent 3 days on it, and only knit 100 yards, but it was a 100 yard mosey, not a race.
Note: I used the pattern in IWK Summer 2002. The same chart is also in Ann Budd's book of patterns. The tam book provides more insight, and dissects this shape in more detail.

12 comments:

les said...

Bets - your DGD is going to look soooo adorable in that Tam!
You'll have to get her mom to send you a pic and post it.
Les

jayne said...

How cool is that?! I like it a lot. The yellow is not over the top at all in that context.

Hey, if you can knit something like this, it can't be about yardage. It has to be something higher echelon like, "See how I can kick yarn's butt into THIS!!"

smariek said...

Lovely & colorful. Your DGD will look so cute in it, hope you can get a pic of her wearing it.

Grace Yaskovic said...

really pretty Bets, I am glad you enjoyed making it

Trish - My Merino Mantra said...

I love that tam! I also saw that in KnitPicks, and it really caught my attention. I'd love to see a pic of the little cutie wearing her tam from gram.

Evelyn said...

Bets, your tam is georgeous. Must be so much fun to knit something that is so different and pretty. I love your choice of colours. Will we see another one in different colours?
Evelyn

Lisa W. said...

oh bets your first tam is a gem. DGD will look adorable. can't wait to see the second chapter in the tamalong :)

junior_goddess said...

I really enjoyed this. I plan on doing so many hats, you'll be ill. (Ok, maybe with matching mittens.....) Think I can get some Christmas knitting done now??

keri said...

Oh that is beautiful!

Marcia said...

Okay. I tried to preview my last comment and it discapated.

Anyway. Way to shake your Tam-borine, woman. It's beautiful. I clicked to make it bigger and it took my breath away. Or maybe that was old labrador tooter, but even so, that should in no way detract from your work.

Is DGD granddaughte or god daughter?

p.s.Shouldn't the bunny on your egg tracker be meeting another bunny on the path, pretty soon?

junior_goddess said...

HAHAHAH! No, that is a "pay attention, you pre-menopausal crabby woman" tracker! HAHAHA! Seriously, it's WORSE than when I was a teenager. And it's off.

That's darling granddaughter.

Anonymous said...

It took a couple of days to get to the detailed pics of your tam, but it was well worth it. Great color choices, B. It's something you should really be proud of. Bri