Feral Knitter

May 2023

Well, I don’t know how it happened but April flew by without me updating this front page. Time has a way of behaving strangely—speeding up and slowing down unpredictably—and April was no exception to this rule.

I’ve entered a period of creative energy and I’m very grateful; 2022 was filled to the brim with tours and teaching, and the result was a lack of joy in creation. My decision to cut back is finally paying off in a more relaxed and open mental space. As always, such decisions come at a cost: I do enjoy working with students. But sometimes we have to say “no” even to things we love!

My Moonstruck Sweater is done—you can see it on Instagram (@janinebajus). I hope to write up the pattern within a few months. I’m so pleased with it! Now my energy is focused on knitting toys, planning some river-themed sweaters, and dreaming of the upcoming trip to Ireland, where I expect to be deluged with even more inspiration!

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.

Whichever directions your life takes I hope that you face them with an open heart and open hand.

Janine ❤️

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

The Redbud Vest pattern is now available in a digital version! When converting it from the paper version I corrected a few issues and added more information about steeking. If you purchased a paper copy of the pattern you can find all corrections on Ravelry; you can download the steek information here.

Because I’m not teaching this year I’ve reduced the price of the large yarn packs30% 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.