is the product of
my place of birth, spending as much time as possible in the mountains, and my constant need to
knit. The Tam is a traditional hat pattern, often knitted in the Fair Isle
technique . While I like to play with
I enjoy the small, portable nature of the Tam. My projects are often carried with me to my favorite locations streamside, where I knit, while also serving as ghillie for my fly fishing husband and friends. Often the subjects take on their surroundings appearing as fish, landscape, or skies.
The actual pattern was inspired by Knitted Tams by Mary Rowe. I have stuck to the basic seven sectioned shape, but my gauge and sizing has taken on my own dimension. The seven seems pleasing to me, perhaps it reflects the Pleiades, and the chakras. My simple Campfire Tam pattern is available with the caveat that I am an extremely loose knitter.
And on Robert Burns 250th birthday, I owe him a toast to "Tam o' Shanter"
"Mt. Tam from Bulkley Street, Sausalito"
2008 copyright Tom Killion. Used by permission of artist http://tomkillion.com/