Feral Knitter

December 2022

For many of us the final month of the year calls for quiet introspection, reflecting on the year past and forming intentions for the year to come. Embrace moments of silence while rushing through the physically and emotionally complex tasks of the holiday season.

Two weeks ago I began my year of slowing down after announcing my indefinite teaching sabbatical last month. It has felt a little odd to relax, knit, and dream! Many of you wrote to ask me A) will I return to teaching? and B) will I continue my newsletter? The answers to both are yes—I love teaching, but I need to find a way to teach that does not involve so much travel, and I truly enjoy writing my occasional newsletter, which I consider to be a letter to a few thousand dear friends.

News from November that remains news!

The large yarn packs are on sale for 20% 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.

I published the Luna Hat pattern! This design is just the start of my Luna series!

The Ireland trip is now open for registration! Jillian Moreno and I have worked hard to create a two-week fiber experience that will cover all the bases: scenery, mills, sheep farms, goat cheese, classes, yarn shops, distillery…. I’d love if you could join us!


Wishing you a holiday season filled with love. Treat yourselves and those you meet with generosity!



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.

My newsletter is where you will get the most current information about teaching and travel and new patterns, so please sign up if you haven’t already!


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.