Hi Sandie (Stash N Stitch)and Judy (Happy Acres),
Thank you so much for the beautiful comments of my FO pix. It inspires to know that they're being viewed.
Sandie - the pattern for the tam is from the book "Homespun Handknit", a compilation of patterns edited by Linda Ligon, published by Interweave Press. I know it's sold in book stores and yarn shops. It's a plain stockinette pattern, but I took a stitch pattern from "365 Knitting Stitches in A Year - Perpetual Calendar"; published by Martingale & Company. I bought it at a wool festival some years ago. You can probably get it at a book store; ISBN: 1-56477-432-5. It's great for finding other patterns to substitute for plain knitting. I've used it a lot!! 365 stitch patterns!! Lots of info, too. This was day Nov. 27, called "Small Twist Pattern".
As for the blue yarn, oh yeah! It takes me a while to spin up 8 oz. or so, especially when I'm plying it with other colors! I'm still spinning blue!! Working on 4 oz of a medium blue now; then there's 8 oz. of a navy blue to be done. Goal --- enough blue for a sweater. That's if the urge to knit a hat, mitts and socks don't take over! I always buy a color in abundance! Don't know why --- I think it's a "hoarding" thing. Hehehe.
Judy, the poncho is a pattern I bought about 5 yrs ago at the Michigan Wool Festival. This is the second poncho I've made with it. But some day, I want to try and change the bottom patterning from lace to something else. The pattern is from Ellen's 1/2 Pint Farm. Website: www.ellenshalfpintfarm.com Designed by Red Oak Designs and the pattern is "Poncho with Lace".
I don't know if they're still in business, or if the pattern is available for sale still. Hope you can find it ok.
Thanks again, gals! Happy spinning and knitting!
5 weeks ago