Anyway, for years and years I have been a faithful follower of Kim Hargreaves and her wonderful fitted and styled knits but this year I've wanted to try something fresh and new, something different. Step up Kate Davies!
Her patterns are wonderfully explained and always provide a challenging new technique to give you goosebumps (although I'm not sure I'm brave enough for steeks yet). I've made a few of her hats and now I've bought her ebook - Colours of Shetland.
Full of detail and lots of narrative on the background inspiration for the patterns. Here are some of my favourite patterns.
The Northmavine Hap should be finished this weekend - sewn cast off to try. Then I have my eye on the Scatness Tam, although the mittens would be useful,because it's suddenly gone cold here.
I'm still working on my seamless sweater pattern, and in fact have been inspired to adapt what I was doing by a suggestion from one of Kate's patterns. I'm on the second sleeve at the moment but the lovely Hap distracted me!
It may not be world changing but I'm feeling like an intrepid explorer - even though I haven't left the house. Bring on the next challenge.