Feral Knitter

May 2022

Inspired by a snippet of poetry—”Even in all its phases the moon remains whole”—I’ve been designing a new, well, something —not sure what yet—based on the moon. The masthead (or what your device allows you to see of it) shows the sampling I’ve been doing in an attempt to capture the moon in all its various aspects. I hope to have a moon hat done before the month is over!

I’m getting ready to fly to Shetland for two weeks of fun with knitters. Shetland is such an inspiring  place for us Fair Isle knitters to visit, and I’m very excited to see the people and the landscapes that have inspired this form of knitting I love so much. It’s lovely to travel again, although the pandemic is not over by a long shot so I remain vigilant in group settings.

Treat yourselves and those you meet with generosity! We can’t be creative in an atmosphere of scarcity.


What’s New this Month

I hope to be able to announce sign ups for a new trip in 2023: Scotland, Yorkshire, and the Lake District with Jillian Moreno in May! We’ve been plotting this tour for months—northern England and southern Scotland are replete with sites of interest to fiber lovers, and we’ve found it hard to

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 2022 is schedule is pretty much set at this point—mostly events and trips that have been postponed from 2020! I’m not planning to do much in-person teaching in the future, but the good news is that I’m going to expand my online class offerings.

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.