Feral Knitter

April 2021

My thoughts have been wandering into the future—while welcoming change as I see an end to this period of isolation, I’ve also realized that I need to consider what I’ve learned in the last year before mindlessly returning to “normal.” I wish for everyone a season of renewal filled with gratitude for all that has supported us through the long months: renewal is a tender period, where things look a little messy and the new growth can easily be broken carelessly, so remember that we are all more fragile than we look.

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’ve added three new colorways to the  vest yarn pack collection—Autumn, Mixed Berries, and Copenhagen. Again, limited quantities are available.

If you weren’t able to get into the Fair Isle Vest: Make It Your Own class, good news: I’ll be teaching it in May (through Stitches).

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.