Last night Kaffee Fassett had a book signing and a gave a short talk in Amsterdam. It was sponsored by the American Book Center (ABC). The book signing took place on the ground floor of the ABC shop and the talk was just a short walk away at the ABC Treehouse.
That’s Kaffe, seated, signing books and laughing with customers/admirers. Brandon Mably stands nearby. Kaffe is so animated and is always moving, making it a challenge to get a good photo of him!
He has just published his memoirs, titled “Dreaming in Color – an autobiography”, which is the reason behind the book tour. I have yet to read it, but given the amazing life this man has lead, I’m sure it’s going to be a page turner!
During the talk at the Treehouse he showed us some of his work. It was just a tease. But still nice to see some of his things in person. I first saw both Kaffe and Brandon on the Vogue Knitting Tour to Alaska in 1999. They tried to teach us how to use color in free and organic ways. I think I failed. At that time I just couldn’t get my mind wrapped around knitting without a chart to tell me what to do. I think today I would be a much better student.
Here are some photos from last night.
Of course I wore my Tumbling Blocks Kaffee Fassett sweater. I made it in 1990 as far as I remember. I definitely remember cursing at all the ends I had to weave in in the back! That sweater is over 20 years old but it’s still going strong. I don’t wear it very often anymore because the style is rather out of date (remember big 80’s sweaters?). But for this occasion I had to wear it. When Kaffe was signing my book I showed him the sweater, then I showed him my copy of his first book that has that sweater pattern in it. He signed that book too and seemed really happy to see someone carrying it around.
I just wish that he would have talked longer. Much longer. The talk seemed really short and constrained by the ABC’s timing issues. I would have loved to hear about his amazing life. I’ll just have to read about it instead.