Feral Knitter

February 2024

Since I retired from teaching my days have opened up—at first it felt a little scary, but now I’m embracing the opportunity to explore new creative paths and engage more with my community. I’ve been painting with watercolors and marveling at the immediacy of this medium compared to Fair Isle knitting!! Learning new skills is humbling, but so important to growth. My fascination with watercolor journaling is causing me to slow down and pay close attention—and inevitably my mind moves to new sweater designs!

I do plan to write up a number of patterns this year. Honestly, it’s not my favorite thing because there are so many ways for it to go wrong! But you’ve asked and I will do it!

Wishing you some peace in the midst of turmoil.

Janine ❤️

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

If you’d like to know more about my work, I recently wrote an essay for Kate Davies’ blog entitled Colour and Feeling. And Felix of Knitsonik interviewed me: A Conversation with Janine Bajus AKA The Feral Knitter.

Because I’m no longer teaching I’ve reduced the price of the large yarn packs yet again— 40% off. These packs consist of 12 shades of Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift—I’ve created a number of color ways that are especially useful if you aren’t sure about choosing colors or if you don’t have a nearby yarn shop.

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.