It has been a pretty big year for us all here at KDD.

Here’s a selection of the new designs I published in 2015.




Jazz hands

Wee Bluebells


Kokkeluri mittens

The Goats of Inversnaid

Much of my creative energy over the year was focused on the development and launch of my new yarn, Buachaille.


We launched the yarn with the Seven Skeins club, which, in every respect, exceeded our expectations.

Buachaille: at Home in the Highlands

Everyone here worked really hard, from the designing, photography, recipe development, writing, and editing that went into creating the patterns and the book, through the seemingly never-ending labelling and stringing of tags, through the packing and shipping of club parcels, to the support provided by email and through our Ravelry group. A massive thank you to the whole team: Tom, Mel, Gordon, Jen, Jim, Nic and Ivor – who all, in their different ways, ensured that every element of the yarn launch, book production, and club was managed smoothly and professionally (though don’t ask Tom just how many yarn tags he had to string during the week I was away in Shetland).

Launching Buachaille was the culmination of a long-held dream for me to create my very own yarn out of the lovely, sheepy, Scottish wool I love. According to Ravelry’s recent round up of the best of 2015, Buachaille scored top of the yarn rankings, as “the new Indie yarn with the most projects”, which is not bad at all given that the yarn only launched in October! The reason for this top ranking is that so many club members were eager to cast on, whip up some projects, and enjoy everything the club had to offer. I just loved seeing everyone’s projects – and honestly, I can think of nothing more rewarding than seeing knitters all over the world enjoy the lovely yarn, the colours, and the designs I’d worked over so many months to create. So thankyou again, all of you lovely Seven Skeins club members! Your enthusiasm and engagement made the club a wonderful experience for us all!

But, in a year of very many good things, the best thing about it was marrying Tom.


And without a doubt, the best things I knit all year were my wedding cardigan . . .


. . . together with Tom’s matching kilt hose, knit up in our own Buachaille.


Thankyou all for being with us over the course of this exciting, momentous, and important year!


Love Kate, Tom and Bruce xx

46 thoughts on “2015: in review

  1. Happy New Year. Thank you for all your inspiration and for the work you and your team put into all that you do. Love all the pictures. Love to Bruce too. All the best for 2016. Doreen


  2. Have a very happy Hogmanay Kate – with all the best to you and yours. This has been an amazing year, thank you so much for sharing a lot of it with us all.


  3. The yarn and the patterns are marvelous…but what gives me the most pleasure is being allowed to peak into you life and homestead. Blessings on you and Tom and Bruce in the coming year!


  4. Goodness- I adore you and Tom and all the gang so very much. Thank YOU for a wonderful year of creation and inspiration. Much love and happiness in the new year!


  5. Thank you from the very bottom of my heart for sharing your life. It means so much to me as I follow along. You are a true inspiration. Much love and a very Happy New Year to you, Tom, and Bruce.


  6. Thank you for all your unstinting hard work in producing the inspiring patterns (several of which I’ve completed) and your beautiful new yarn. Your wedding topped a fantastic year. Every good wish for 2016 to you and yours.


  7. you’ve had a huge year, and i can only say that your new yarn is amazing. my daughter is a seven skeins knitter and she brought me a lovely cowl. it feels wonderful, smells like yarn should, and is just perfect.


  8. Thank you for letting us be a part of your life! I knit the Owligan for my 2 year old granddaughter and it is so cute. I am glad she has a younger sister now who will be able to wear it in a few years. Congratulations on all your accomplishments!


  9. Congratulations on an amazing and lovely year. My fave designs are your wedding knits, both cardigan and socks. If I could get married again, I’d wish it to be just the way you did. Happy New Year from Canada.


  10. Thank you, Kate, Tom, and Bruce for sharing your 2015 with all of us. Also, thank you to your stupendous Buachaille team! I am just now finishing up my Pawkies to go with my Bunnet. And, after seeing my Cochal, several of my relatives want one for their own! The Seven Skeins Club has been wonderful. Best of wishes for a wonderful, yarny 2016!
    Liz in Seattle.


  11. It was a pleasure to knit with your yarn and I wish you and your family the very best for the next year. Stay healthy and many happy hours for you and I am looking forward to all the new patterns which, I am sure, will come from you.
    All the best from Switzerland.. Christa



    i have been so swamped with work and life that i have not had a chance to work with the yarn, even though i was a member of the club!

    am looking forward to spending the new year holiday weekend playing with some of it!

    Thanks for creating it and hope you feel better soon!


  13. It has been a great year for you Kate, you and Tom made a lovely couple, with of course the assistance of the gorgeous Bruce!
    I loved being a member of the Seven Skeins Club and being among the first group of people to try your delicious yarn!
    Happy 2016!


  14. You are such an inspiration, Kate! Thank you for reminding us of how much you and your Team contributed to those who love to knit in 2015. All the best to you, Tom and Bruce for a glorious 2016.


  15. The Clan of the Buachaille Yarn Gatherers…Kate, Tom and Bruce the Brave and Protector of the Yarn Buachaille… are the Best!! I has been an Honor to be aloud to share such wonderful doings and goings on! Now, regain your good health, because I have high hopes for the Year to Come, and with Ya’ll in the mix, it will be a Wonderful and Creative Journey! On New Years, I’ll raise my Glass to You and Yours!
    With Joy and Outright Augh!
    From a Friend Across the Water!


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