I’ve been a fan of Kaffe Fassett since Glorious Knitting, and now he has come out with Kaffe Knits Again.Its a beautiful book, and I’m loving looking through it. Kaffe Fassett is a genius when it comes to design and colours, and I have always been tempted by his tapestry kits, although they probably would not fit in our flat. I’ve always liked the way in which Kaffe views knitting as part of a spectrum of artistic activities, not just as a hobby.
Having said that, this won’t be a book for everyone. It doesn’t purport to teach colourwork, and some of the designs are very flamboyant. There is no way my huband would wear the vest below (and for that matter, the vest on the girl is not something I would wear.
The cost of knitting each pattern with the recommended yarns would be very high – the man’s vest would cost over US $121 using the recommended yarns. If I remember correctly, Kaffe was all about using left overs in Glorious Knitting, and also about improvisation, so it might have been useful to include approximate yardages for knitters who wanted to see what colours they had in their stash.
That’s my very minor criticism. I will be making Caterpillar Stripes for myself, and think that I will dye the yarn that I intend to use. I’m toying with using my sock yarn and doing some maths to have a slightly lighter weight sweater. As far as I am aware, there isn’t a source of Rowan 4 Ply in Hong Kong, and I wouldn’t want to choose my colours over the internet, and then be disappointed when they arrive.
The best, and for me, the most important part of this book is the inspiration. I have a tendency to be conservative when it comes to colour (I’m typing wearing a navy shirt with dark denim jeans) and I sometimes find it difficult to visualise colourways when I am dyeing. Kaffe Knits Again will help with that.