Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My Hero - 3KCBWDay3

So here we are on Day 3 of the Knitting and Crochet Blog Week! Today's post is all about the person in the fibre craftworld who inspires me the most. His name? Who else but Kaffe Fassett.

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!

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.

Til soon.


  1. WOW his stuff is amazing, i love the textures and the first blanket is beautiful. thank you for sharing - have a knitty wednesday xxx

  2. Thanks for sharing this! It was a great read.

  3. Excellent post! He sure is a genius with color.

  4. I can see why he inspires you so much, those photos of his work are amazing!

  5. Aha! I normally don't participate in all your discussions about knitting and crochet and suchlike, but EVEN I have heard of Kaffe Fassett. When I first knew my wife Jane, she was mad keen on Kaffe's work too. He certainly had an eye for the striking use of colour.

    1. Yay Mark, I finally got you participating in the 'crafty' side of my blog!! Sounds like Jane has excellent taste and you're right about Kaffe's colour appreciation. He is amazing! lol x


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