Feral Knitter

June 2024

Our trip to Yorkshire, Cumbria & the Lake District in May was beyond fantastic! A great group of travelers, a beautiful landscape, friendly people, and lots of sheep. ❤️❤️❤️

Jillian Moreno and are now planning a return in May 2025, repeating some parts of the trip and adding a couple of days–it felt way too short!! We are also plotting a Scotland, Shetland, & Skye tour in September 2025—I’m happy to return to my beloved Shetland! The details for both trips are being finalized right now and we will be making those available on our websites and in our newsletters. Our travel agent Jean at Celtic Journeys is keeping a list of people who are interested in first shot at these tours—feel free to get in touch with her if either of these tours interest you!

Travel is, for most of us, a real luxury and for most of my life out of range for my budget. But we can travel deeply in place—pausing to really study and appreciate where we are is transformative. I read that, if we were to take a one-yard piece of string, tie it in a loop, and place it on the ground we could spend a lifetime examining what we find inside that circle!!! I recommend Conscious Creativity by Philippa Stanton if you’d like some prompts. All that creativity and engagement need is an open mind and a willingness to be amazed.

Janine ❤️

News and Not-Quite-News but perhaps of interest…..

Kate Davies and Felix Ford have produced a beautiful book: Colour at Work! I can’t begin to summarize the wide variety of essays in this impressive collection—please read more about it on Kate’s website. (Pssst—a short essay of mine is included!)

Are you new to Fair Isle knitting? Let me recommend my two patterns geared to beginners: Dryas Octopetala, a slouchy hat, and the Beginner’s Fair Isle Cap, a small, close-filling cap. Both these patterns include motifs that build in complexity, giving you a chance to build your confidence in carrying two colors at a time.

My approach to Fair Isle knitting is modern and very personal; my goal is to share my deep appreciation for this type of knitting and to help you develop the confidence to plunge into this world of color and pattern.

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In 2003 I was setting up a Fair Isle color study sub-group of the Seattle Knitters Guild. A non-knitting friend, overhearing the discussion, asked me, apprehension thick in her voice, “Janine, WHAT is a feral knitter?” The name stuck. A feral knitter is someone who loves color knitting, playing with color combinations and garment shapes, and learning about construction and fit.