Kaffe Fassett is a madman. My next door neighbor, MadQuilterBritt, is a huge fan of his, so when I shamlessly adopted her hobby, I paid extra attention to his fabrics and quilting books. They generally range from “vibrant” to “eye-achingly busy.”
I was looking at one of his books at Elaine’s Quilt Block and one of the quilting mavens stopped and we started chatting. She told me that Kaffe (pronounced Kayf) himself had taught a class at the shop. He had guided the students in choosing their fabrics, and she said thte quilts that came out of the were beautiful. She also said that since then there has been considerable difficulty creating attractive all-Kaffe quilts.
I bring this up because, as well as designing fabric and quilt designs, Kaffe has designed knitwear, needlepoint, and at one point, a line of yarn for Regia. After hemming and hawing for a few months I picked up 50 gram balls, and have always had the intention of making them into fingerless gloves. Now that the weather has (deliciously) started to cool, it seemed like time for a pair, and this yarn came to mind immediately. I spent hours on Ravelry looking for just the right patterns. I wanted something more than a simple slit for the thumb, and I didn’t want anything so complicated I couldn’t knit in the car. I wasn’t finding quite what I wanted, so eventually I decided to go ahead and cast on 60 stitches and knit in a 2×2 rib. Just around the time I got to the thumb I had another Ravelry pattern-searching session, and I happened upon Jacoby.
Jacoby was perfect. Simple, attractive, and easy. So, without further ado…