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FO Friday – All Fair Isle

I managed to finish a couple of my WIPs this past week, and first up is my Ballston Legwarmers by Erin Schrader. As someone who haven’t really gotten into the swing of knitting socks (I still have several shop-bought bamboo socks which I love), this is a good compromise I think 😊. They were straightforward knits, and there were no major mishaps although I took my time to knit them as usual.


The yarns used are Cascade 220 in Ember Heather, Avocado and Mossy Rock and the J & S 2-ply jumper weight (natural colour).

The back of Fair Isle patterns do look as nice as the front

Blocking them was not a priority as I needed to put them to use immediately, so I soaked and dried them. I’ve now been wearing for days non-stop 😁.

Although I’m not a hat wearer as such, I felt drawn to the Faded Splendour Tam by Janine Bajus the first time I saw it. So after a long wait on my Ravelry queue, it was finally time to cast it on.


First a brief history lesson, according to Wikipedia, a tam (full name Tam o’ Shanter) is a flat bonnet, originally made of wool hand-knitted in one piece, stretched on a wooden disc to give the distinctive flat shape, and subsequently felted. The earliest forms of these caps, known as blue bonnet from their typical colour, were made by bonnet-makers in Scotland. The name was derived from the hero of the 1790 Robert Burns poem.


Back to the present, the first time I saw it on Ravelry, it reminded me of the beret we were required to wear as part of our school uniform when I was a teenager (which I didn’t exactly like). Anyway, it’s finished and currently undergoing the ‘tamming’ process on my dinner plate.

Undergoing the ‘tamming’ process

It was an enjoyable and stress-free knit, but one thing I’ll pay particular attention to next time is the step that is created when joining a new colour, which I didn’t notice until I saw the picture above.

Thanks for stopping by, and I wish you a great weekend.


9 thoughts on “FO Friday – All Fair Isle

  1. Love the tam and the leg warmers! Nice colors! I had to laugh when I read that you had to wear a beret in school. My sister and I received tams as a gift when we were little, still in a stroller, and one of my first memories is throwing it out of the stroller and watching my parents retrieve it. Funny because now I want one!

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    1. I know! I didn’t like covering my head and did rebel, but like you I wanted one when I started seeing them again. In fact, this was borne from seeing a lady wear a red beret very like the one we had to wear, and she looked very chic. I wish you a happy new year.

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