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Janine Bajus
Janine Bajus, also known as The Feral Knitter, has been intrigued by Fair Isle knitting since she received a colorful yoke cardigan from Shetland in 1964. Playing with color has remained the theme of her fiber life ever since. She teaches knitting workshops around the country and loves introducing others to the joys of modern Fair Isle knitting. Her book, The Joy of Color: Fair Isle Knitting Your Way, was published in 2016. Janine lives in Berkeley, California, where she spends her days surrounded by books and fiber.

For more about Janine, go to feralknitter.com.

STITCHES United 2018 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5383 Easy Magic-Ball Knitting: Serendipitous Color Wondering what to do with those odds and ends of yarn that collect in your wool room? The Magic-Ball method is a fun way to handle them! Working with my yarn collection, you will learn to arrange random colors in a way that looks intentional and not scrappy. As you knot the yarns, you'll wind your Magic Ball. Then begin knitting a 2-color brioche cowl. I will discuss the kinds of stitch patterns that show off the magic. Surprise yourself with the transformation!
Materials fee: $22 for yarn.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
5384 Easy Introduction to Fair Isle Knitting Stranded knitting isn't hard; it just takes practice! While you work on your hat (the Dryas Octopetala hat, in your choice of 6 colorways), I'll show you how to strand to make your floats just right.
Materials fee: $38 for hat kit.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5385 Intermediate Fair Isle Color: How Do They Do That? Fair Isle knitting—we know it when we see it, that exciting interplay of color and pattern. What sets Fair Isle apart from other forms of stranded color work? The colors and motifs. I cover how both are used in Fair Isle knitting, then you will work a series of swatches, putting theory into practice. You'll leave with a firm grounding in how value gradations and mirroring work to create that 3-dimensional effect we all love.
Some experience with stranded knitting is required.
Materials fee: $10 for practice yarns.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4120 Intermediate Fair Isle Tam: How Color Is Used in Fair Isle Knitting You've always wanted to design your own Fair Isle but just don't know how to start? This class is ideal for you. Starting with a classic Fair Isle tam pattern and a pre-defined colorway means you don't have to worry about choosing all those colors. As you work a series of swatches, you'll learn how color is traditionally arranged in Fair Isle designs and see how changing the colors affects the look of the pattern. Then I will walk you through the steps to fill in the entire tam chart—each will be unique. With these skills you are well on your way to designing a traditional Fair Isle sweater or vest.
Some experience in stranded knitting and knitting in the round is required.
Materials fee: $46 for pattern and enough yarn to knit 3 tams; choose from 7 colorways.