An Evening with two Kates

I confess, I am currently addicted to small, cute, quick projects.  First there was Peerie Flooers, now Sheep Heid - both by Kate Davies - yeah Kate!

Last night (Sunday) while watching Masterpiece Mystery - the new "Case Histories" series based on the novels by another Kate -  Kate Atkinson - with the hero Jackson Brodie being played by Jason Isaacs (another side of the actor who played Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films)......looks like there are 6 episodes of this....I'm very happy as we needed some new Masterpiece Mysteries.

While watching the hunky Jason Isaacs last night I managed to cast on and get the rib done of my Sheep Heid - love these natural shades of yarn although I do have to keep referring to the ball bands to see what shade is what because of the subtle gradation of the yarns.

Kate Davies is a relatively new designer to me - a friend pointed her out a few months back and I must say I just love her work.

Kate Atkinson is also new to me....why haven't I heard of this author before?  Now that I know about her....I will definitely read a book or two (laughing because when I start on a series, there is no stopping me!).

Last night was one of those perfect serendipitous moments - knitting a Kate Davies design while watching an adaptation of a Kate Atkinson book - knitting in natural shetland shades of yarn (which I adore) watching Jason Isaacs play another intriguing character (even though you might not LIKE Lucius Malfoy, he was very intriguing - at least to me LOL!), drinking tea with a piece of apple pie - heaven!

Happy Knitting!


  1. We watch Masterpiece Mysteries, too! I loved that Edinburgh was the setting of the Jackson Brodie series. BTW, Marion and I've been in pursuit of Jamieson's 2ply jumperweight and/or Spindrift. You have inspired us to do some Fair Isle knitting. We saw some at Greenwood Quiltery in Guelph but have since learned Camilla Valley Farms carries it. Do you know anyone else who carries it?

  2. Kate Atkinson has been one of my favorite writers since i read her first novel back in 1995 or 96, "Behind the Scenes at the Museum". It is darkly funny and very sad at the same time. In that and her other literary novels, she returns again and again to themes around mothers and daughters in ways that came be disturbing and which are post-modernist in style, so they may or may not be your cup of tea (I love them, but I know not everyone does). The Jackson Brodie novels are also rich, often funny and always affecting, but they are less experimental. I hope the masterpiece broadcast brings her the North American audience she deserves.


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