There has been quite some buzz about Kate's new book. Soon, enthusiasm about Yokes will take over my knitting life, and I'll be temporarily blinded to any other news. Perfect time to show you my latest make from her previous book! Puffin is my favourite design from Kate's first book. Initially, I didn't realise this. While I liked the design, it didn't really call out to me (or I was too dazzled by Ursula to notice). A year or so later I was innocently browsing Ravelry for some pattern inspiration and all of the sudden I was hit by the urgent need to knit this particular sweater. (What...? Don't tell me this never happens to you!) I couldn't shake off the idea of knitting this sweater, so I swiftly cast on.
I played with different colour combinations, but eventually I settled for the original colours. The colours are what they are because of a reason, and the hint is in the pattern name: Puffin! The colours reference the beak and feathers of a puffin, Shetland's signature aviary animal. They are amongst the most beautiful, colourful and quaint birds I know. Though the puffin isn't an endangered species, their numbers have dwindled dramatically over the last century. By protecting their feeding and breeding habitat, the Scottish Sea Bird Centre works to protect these awesome birds and teach about them. I do have some other colour combinations stuck in my head that I'm really taken with, so I'm fairly sure I'll make this sweater again.
Pattern: Puffin Sweater
Book: Colours of Shetland
Designer: Kate Davies
Yarn: Jamieson & Smith 2 ply jumper weight (fingering)
My gauge was way off Kate's given gauge measurements. I had to remedy this by changing the needle size and change the sizing according to my gauge swatch to get to the prescribed measurements. I was amazed at how quickly this sweater knitted up. Perhaps that has to do with how long my previous project took, but I'm really happy with the outcome.
Hope you have a great week!