A mandala a day…

… Keeps the doctor away!

My brain turned into wool, spun itself into yarn and I knitted it into a wearable mandala:

Yes. The fair isle tam aka Thrift Hat by Outi Kater is pretty much completed. It’s been blocked and is now drying nicely on my home made tam stretcher. I wrote pretty much because it still needs either a pompom or a little tail on top – like a traditional Béret. The lady who commissioned me for this tam wants a pompom, I kind of like the look of the béret tail better, but I have made the pompom and am happy to add it on.

I still need to put together a booklet to go with it, to tell the story of the hat – from fields to head – as it has been knitted entirely with locally grown and organically dyed wool.

The same mum who asked me to make a Baa-ble Hat for her son last winter got together with other parents from the local Steiner school and asked me to knit this fair isle tam as a goodbye present for their beloved kindergarten teacher. She should have her new hat on Tuesday. I hope she will like it :)

I will share more photos of this hat once it’s all dry, pompom’d and ready to go. I just wanted to share with you the first glimpse.

Have a good night!


Author: FocalHeart

My name is Noémie, I run animal communication workshops to help people enhance their relationship with animals and the natural world. My work is about the profoundly important messages we can receive when we focus with our hearts. Through cultivating the heart as an organ of perception, we can develop our ability to listen to and communicate with one another as well as our natural environment – plants and animals included.

15 thoughts on “A mandala a day…”

    1. Thank you! It was my second knitting commission, and I have learned a lot from this experience. The first one was basically replicating a hat I had already knitted once, but this time it was about knitting something I had never done before. So I had to get into unknown territory a bit, and worried about the shape of the tam as it didn’t look like a tam at all until I blocked it and stretched it out on a big cardboard disc for a couple days. Then the shape was perfect… I didn’t know it when I started but it’s all in the blocking :D
      I thought about you a lot while doing it, wondering if you too were sometimes getting a bit stressed with deadlines and falling behind… ?

      1. Hahaha! YES! I have always been a terrible last-minuter, even when I was doing school work or revising for exams. No matter how early I start, true understanding or inspiration or whatever only hits in the final countdown to the deadline… it’s l like I need that pressure to push me on and do something I’m happy with! But as I get busier, I am trying to get out of this habit – I’ll give myself a heart attack otherwise! I’m glad your commission worked out so well, too… commissions are great for making you try new techniques and push your boundaries, don’t you think? 😀

  1. Ces bérets sont vraiment très réussis, tu dois essayer d’en faire d’autres encore, pour le bienfait de l’humanité oui oui OUI !!!

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