My current work in progress:

Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry, knit from Miss Babs  Kaweah in the Parchment, Old Gold, Petrified Forest, and Espresso colorways, using 3.75mm and 4mm needles.

The Color Guys

I was sent a review copy of a new book by Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably: Knitting With the Color Guys: Inspiration, Ideas, and Projects From the Kaffe Fassett Studio.

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The book is available now — its publication  date is today. And the subtitle pretty much says it all: inspiration, ideas, and projects.

The projects are for the most part throws, scarves, and pillows, along with some legwarmers, fingerless gloves, and a hat. The emphasis here is on color, not on design techniques. The book is divided into four sections organized by color inspiration: soft tones, singing color (vibrant brights), moody hues, and rich shades. Each project is beautifully photographed (of course!) and is accompanied by a detailed explanation of the inspiration for the design and the color palette used. There are lots suggestions and tips for using color to make the designs your own.

A couple of the patterns show up in more than one section of the book.

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The Opal Dot Scarf above also makes an appearance as the Dark Dot Scarf:

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This is a good illustration of how different color palettes can make strikingly different pieces.

I recognize some of the motifs from Kaffe Fassett designs of the past, like this pineapple:

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Shown knitted up as a blanket here, I’m pretty sure this was used in a coat in one of his early books. Glorious Knits, perhaps? The yarn used for this blanket is Rowan Colourscape Chunky, a self-striping yarn designed by Kaffe Fassett himself. Using several different colorways of a yarn that has color shifts within each colorway adds more dimension to the piece. Very cool!

The patterns range from very simple (one or two colors) to complex (many many colors), so there’s a little something for everyone. There’s a section in the back with some basic information on colorwork techniques: both fair isle and intarsia.

All in all, this is a great book, both for someone who wants to follow the patterns exactly as written, and someone who’d like to use the patterns as a jumping-off point to explore color.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the random drawing for this book, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern time on Sunday, February 12, 2012. At that time I will use my WordPress plugin app to randomly select a winner.

Leaving a comment on this blog post is the only way to enter.  Do not use the “contact me” link directly below the header — that sends me an email. Do not leave a comment on a different blog post — the plugin app will select only from comments on this entry. The link to enter a comment is right below the title of this post, which is “The Color Guys.”

Lucy sez:

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“My colorway is perfect.”


  1. Hi Wendy- sign me up please! =)

  2. Lucy is right, her colorway is perfect! 🙂

  3. I love his sense of color, hope I win.
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  4. I’d love to be included.

  5. Yes, please, count me in. Desperately looking for inspiration. 🙂

  6. I sure would like to learn more about colourwork. Count me in!

  7. Betty Eliassen says:

    Since I have all the previous KF books, I surely need to have this one as well. And yes, Lucy’s colorway is perfect

  8. Would absolutely love to add this book to my knitting library!

  9. The book looks really neat.

  10. What a lovely book!

  11. Charlotte says:

    That looks like a beautiful book!

  12. Oh my, sign me up! When my mom tried to get me into quilting, it was with a KF book.

  13. They are indeed the color guys. I’d love to have your copy as I’m color challenged.

  14. I’ve sewn some projects with Kaffe’s prints, in fact my iPad cover is made from two of his fabric prints. I’d love to have a book by him about collar and knitting.

  15. Book looks awesome!

  16. I agree with Lucy–HER colorway is gorgeous! Please sign me up for a chance to win the book with all the OTHER colorways!

  17. Karen Greenhalgh says:

    Loving the colours!!!

  18. Wow Wendy! You give away some great stuff! Thanks!

  19. Colors! Colors!

  20. Who could possibly beat Lucy’s colorway? Only Kaffe Fassett!

  21. I MUST make the scarf on the cover. I’d love to win a copy. Thanks for offering!

  22. Lovely book!
    Oh Lucy, your colourway really is the BEST.
    Pick me, Random Number Generator!

  23. What a beautiful book. I’d love to learn to use colors well.

  24. I’d love a copy!

  25. Sherry Anderson says:

    I happen to agree with Lucy! Her colors are perfect! I’d love to win ‘The Color Guys’ though! Thanks for all you do!

  26. Please enter me in your contest.

  27. Oh me! It has to be me this time!!

  28. Looks like a lovely and colorful book.

  29. This looks like a really fun book. I would love to win a copy of it! Thanks for the chance.

  30. April Jeffers says:

    Please let me try. I would love to win a new knitting book!

  31. mary mcmahon says:

    sounds like my box of crayons. thanks, mary in cincinnati

  32. Gail Bryant says:

    Kaffe Fasset is one of my favorites. I had the great fortune to take a color class from him once and it was wonderful and informative. Sign me up for the drawing.

  33. dorothy Johnson says:

    W O W ! I love the color kings! their combinations are terrific. and love their geometric patterns. they definitely have lots of creativity! I would L O V E to have your copy !
    thanks for giving me the opportunity to take a chance!

  34. I love color – looks like a great book.
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  35. Genie Cormode says:

    Lovely book!

  36. Please throw my name in for a chance. Thanks, Wendy.

  37. Fassett makes me think I know nothing about colour because his choices are so wonderful and yet makes me think I do know something about colour because he encourages me to trust my instincts. Would love to have a copy of this book.

  38. JuliePurpleChick says:

    Feelin’ lucky!

  39. My knitting is all about color. I’d love to win the book!

  40. Haven’t done much colorwork. This might be a great book to get me going in the right direction.

  41. Oh, please pick me. What a lovely book.

  42. Count me in!
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  43. The colour and softness of yarn is what orginally attracted me to knitting.

  44. He has an amazing eye for mixing colors…would LOVE to win this book!

  45. I do love Kaffe Fassett. His color combinations are amazing! The book should be also.

  46. That scarf looks like something I could actually do. Oh, if I could only win this book . . .

  47. Leslie Schroeder says:

    Oh my, the book looks lovely. So many different ideas!

  48. Leslie Schroeder says:

    Oh my, that looks lovely!

  49. Ginger Klein says:

    I agree with Lucy. Her colorway is perfect!

  50. This book is awesome!
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  51. If you can bear to part with this book, I’d happily accept it…:)

  52. Wendy – you are so nice to share the books you get. This is a great one for those who need colorwork and I certainly do! Thanks, Deb

  53. Katharine says:

    I love all things Kaffe Fassett! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  54. Love his sock yarn and fabrics!

  55. me, too!! me, too!!! Wendy, you are the fastest knitter ever–don’t say you aren’t!!

  56. I wanna win!

  57. I would love a copy! Thank you.

  58. I’ve been lusting after this book on Amazon since it first appeared. I always wanted to know what inspires Kaffe’s color selections – I hope he provides some insite.

  59. Kaffe Fassett designs are breathtaking – but intimidating to me! But maybe I could attempt a scarf….so I would love this book!

  60. I’m in! I have been a Kaffe Fassett fan for more than 20 years and would love to be inspired by this new book.

    Colleen in Kansas

  61. Love color. Count me in

  62. Have always admired these guys’ beautiful work – pick me!

  63. Looks like a lovely book, and me being colored chalenged, I would put it to good use! throw my name in the hat! (or random number generator)

  64. I love your giveaways!

  65. Linda Kelly says:

    Would LOVE-LOVE-LOVE your copy of this book!!!

  66. Great book review, thank you for the opportunity to win this book 🙂
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  67. Barbara Rude says:

    It looks good, sign me up!

  68. I have all the other Kaffe books so I would love to add this to the collection. Random number generator, please pick me.

  69. Informative review. Keeping my sticks crossed that I win it. 🙂

  70. I would LOVE a copy of this book. I love working with lots of color and try to push the limits to get more color, drenched in color, absolutely have it dripping from a piece.

    Pick me!!!

  71. I NEED that book!

  72. Love the color changes, I like looking at his books for inspiration.

  73. I’d love a copy! Thank you so much for sharing!

  74. Yes please! Even if I never were to knit anything from Kaffe’s books, I would still want to look through them just for the beautiful photos.

  75. Oh I have been drooling over that book. Pick me! Pick me!

  76. I agree with Lucy; her colorway is perfect.

  77. I love bright colors and need to learn how to use them more. This book would help.

  78. Colorful knits to match our colorful sunrises/sunsets out here in Arizona!!

  79. Wow! All this color looks so wonderful on this gray winter day!

  80. Yes: these two are fantastic…….have some Kaffe books and Brandon is also remarkable!

  81. I love the color guys! And I would love to have a copy of this book!

  82. What inspiration! Thanks for the giveaway!

  83. I love color so I bet I would have fun knitting with that book.

  84. I would love to win this book! thanks for offering it

  85. Nice book – pick me 🙂

  86. I’m crossing my fingers that my name will pop up as the winner!

  87. Lucy’s colorway is indeed perfect. 🙂

    This book looks pretty cool too.

  88. Love to win the book. They have such an amazing eye for putting colors together.

  89. Pat Murphy says:

    I;d love a copy!

  90. I would love the book. Thank you for offering it:-)

  91. Candace (from Canada) says:

    Oh yes. KF is the man for colour, hands down!

  92. Inspiration, indeed! What a beautiful looking book.

  93. I love their work, sign me up!

  94. Geraldine Scott says:

    Would love to provide a loving home for this book…thanks!

  95. Looks like a fabulous book – thanks for the giveaway!
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  96. Would love this…need to work on my color work.

  97. Looks like a fantastic book!

  98. Wow, what a great book! Hope I win.

  99. Lovely book

  100. I need all the help I can get ; not everyone is as lucky as Lucy, being their own perfect colourway!