Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Kaffe Fassett

I know that there are devoted aficionados of Kaffe in the knitting world and as I've only been part of that world for three years I haven't any experience of knitting his complicated and daring colour patterns. To be honest, I don't even know how you say his name. I say 'Café', the rest of you can say what you want. I know people who really don't like his stuff, but I'm strangely intrigued by his work. I don't want to wear any of his daring items, but I would love to put some of the colours together which he does.

With this in mind, I am so pleased to be knitting socks with wool which he designed. I bought the yarn from the Wool Baa at the weekend and cast on Sunday evening. I think the colourway is called 'Landscape Fire' and I just love it. It's not the softest yarn, it's not expensive, but the colours are amazing and I love the use of reds and browns with a dart of blue and green. These socks are for Ezzie's mum and I hope that she loves them the way I do. I've been on Ravelry a lot recently and I was keen to knit a different sock pattern. There are loads of pictures of Jaywalkers on there so I felt inspired to have another go and I cast on substantially more stitches than my previous failed attempt. Stripy yarn works so well with that pattern so I am just loving knitting with these stripes, colours and pattern because I think they work well together. I am definitely going to buy some more of this Kaffe yarn and combine it with Jaywalker and on that occasion the socks will be staying with me.

I'm working on another pair of socks this week. These little socks are for my nephew who was born on Saturday. My sister is going to call him Rohan or Rowan. She hasn't quite decided yet. I think she should opt for Rowan as it's a good knitting name, but I keep reminding myself that choosing a name shouldn't be affected by a wool company.

I mentioned Ravelry a little earlier. I think it is amazing and it is incredible the amount of stuff that is happening in the knitting world. I read recently that women in their late twenties upwards use the internet most these days and it is not geeky boys playing computer games as you might imagine. Having been on this site, I know why women are dominating the internet, it's because they are investigating and posting on Ravelry. It's a monopoly. I really want to start using it effectively and catalogue the stash and stuff, but realistically that won't happen for a while because I have work and Christmas to consider. The Christmas holidays would be a nice time and I will hopefully have new knitting yarn to show off.


Caroline M said...

I hope you'll be back well before Christmas Ms Mck. The Kaffe socks are lovely, it's a good example of the yarn and pattern enhancing each other and hopefully this time they will fit.

maramcp said...

I don't really know how to pronounce his name either, but I was coveting the yarn in the Wool Baa too! Those socks look fabitty-fab and I have the Jaywalker socks in my Ravelry queue for after Christmas. Ravelry is great for pattern searches.

Congratulations on being an auntie again, and the wee socks are adorable!

Knot Another Knitter said...

I think it is perfectly reasonable to name a child after a wool company. How about Patons, or Regia? Berrocco or Opal? Hehe.

I don't really see the big deal about Kaffe whatshisname. I think his designs are awful and garish and's and...just...EEEEWWWW. But then again that's just me.

jillm said...

What an excellent pattern choice for the yarn McK. I believe his name is pronounced Kaff - phonetically, so no "ay".