Feral Knitter

May 2021

Spring seems to have underscored the wild emotional swings that we’ve all experienced this last year+!  I alternate between finding inspiration everywhere and feeling that I don’t want to knit anything other than garter stitch. I think the key is to resist the lure of judgment and allow these emotions to pass, as they will. Meanwhile, the flowers are blooming here in the northern hemisphere and I can’t help but smile and begin to dream of knits to come.

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.

What’s New this Month

I’m working on a new online workshop: The Fair Isle Yoke Sweater! With luck this will be available this summer.

My Arrowhead County Vest pattern has been published in PLY magazine‘s double-coated  issue (Volume 9 Issue 1). This issue also includes my article about how perfectionism nearly derailed this project.

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.

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Enjoy all the colors!



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.