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).
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First a brief history lesson, according to Wikipedia, a tam (full name Tam o’ Shanter) is a flat bonnet, originally made of wool hand-knitted in one piece, stretched on a wooden disc to give the distinctive flat shape, and subsequently felted.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.
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.