Feral Knitter

September 2021

I cannot help but feel—despite all the problems engulfing the world right now—a bit hopeful as we enter September. I suppose it’s because this has always seemed like the true start of the year! I hope that you, too, are finding ways to keep your spirits up and yourselves safe.

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

The Friday Harbor Vest pattern is done! I’ll be adding it to the website soon. Much thanks to all of you who kept asking me to get this finished!

I’ve added a new colorway to the yarn pack collection: Naturals. This is a selection of natural Shetland sheep colors plus two traditional blues and a red. The Oil Slick and Fall Leaves yarn packs are back in stock!

My brand new Fair Isle Yoke Sweater or Cardigan class will debut at Stitches this month—it sold out, but rest assured that I will be offering this one again soon.

I’ll be appearing at the virtual Makers’ Nite hosted by Makers’ Mercantile on September 7th. Come join us as I talk about Fair Isle knitting, what I’m up to, and answer any questions you’ve got. The event is free but pre-registration is required.

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.