I remember the first time that I met Kaffe Fassett. It was probably in the 1980s here in New Jersey. I was working at a small computer consulting firm, and a yarn shop opened across the street from our humble second floor walk up offices. When I was in need of a break, I would wander across the street and chat with Vida, the owner of the tiny shop. Vida carried wonderful fibers and was trying to lure me back into knitting. She always made a bunny nose when I mentioned my quilting projects. “Kaffe is coming,” she grinned from ear to ear one day. I had purchased one of his needlepoint kits from her. His use of color was magical. He was coming to her shop for a book signing on his tour of the US that year.
I was at the shop before he arrived, along with a few other customers. They all had his books in hand. Soon more customers arrived and the shop became an incredible fashion show of his sweaters. Miraculously, no two were alike. It was an amazing sight.
We are blessed that Michael del Vecchio had an opportunity to interview Kaffe during the book tour for Kaffe Knits Again. For those of you who are not familiar with Kaffe and his work or if you are an “old friend”, I am sure you will enjoy Michael’s article as much as I did.
Eleonora Natili reports from the runways of New York City with her Spring/Summer 2008 Knitwear Fashion Report. Learn about new colors, textures, pattern, and styles that you can incorporate into your projects. Yes, the knits of today are wearable year round. They are not just for fall and winter any more.
Margaret Radcliffe shares her tips for knitting in the round in her workshop How to Perfect Your Circular Knitting. Leslye Solomon introduces us to knitting with tape yarn. She’ll teach you how to pierce the tape and give you great ideas how and where to use this unusual type of fiber. Jack Lewis writes about receiving a “gift” of yarn and the tribute piece that evolved. Melissa Leapman’s new Knit & Crochet designs are awesome.
It’s Spring – let’s celebrate!
Until next time, enjoy your knitting!