I first discovered Kaffe in the 1980s when his name seemed to be in every magazine and on every craft person's lips. I would open a craft magazine and see things like this
Who wouldn't be inspired? His use of colour was something I'd never seen before and it seemed he had no rules. Of course I later learnt that there were rules, they just weren't the same rules that everyone else worked to!
I bought endless Rowan knitting magazines and lusted after his designs and patterns. It was because of him that I delved into fairisle and whilst even now I'm not very proficient at this style of knitting, my heart still leaps when I see colourwork knitting like his.
I followed his career avidly through his needlepoint designs, his patchwork, his fabric and later his mosaics and all of them blew me away!
photo source: http://www.kaffefassett.com/Needlepoint.html
photo source: http://www.kaffefassett.com/Mosaic.html
To me, Kaffe Fassett is nothing short of a genius. He is someone we can all aspire to with his creative freedom and unique attitude of 'anything goes'. As he himself said,
"Like so many other crafts, knitting has the potential to create magic in our lives."
and Kaffe is the best magician of them all.