04/03/2019

2019 Club Theme

Our theme for 2019 will be Maria Sibylla Merian’s Garden Flowers. Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717) was a German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator. She was one of the first naturalists to observe insects directly. She painted from life, published her own books of embroidery patterns and scientific studies, and travelled with her daughter to South America […]

03/31/2019

How does the club work?

You’ll receive: A MYSTERY package every other month A skein of yarn hand-dyed by Donna in a special colorway. An original watercolor painting by me, designer Donna. A knitting notion or tool to use on your project.  Occasionally a printed illustrated booklet. A Victorian pattern for a knitted flower. An illustrated story about a woman […]

08/22/2019

Butterfly Motif Videos & Errata

Here are the videos for making the butterfly motif in the Raupen Wrap! I found a small mistake in the chart. Here is the portion of the butterfly motif showing the correct version. Just add gray “no stitch” squares on each side of the V increase above the yarn overs at the top (chart row […]

08/19/2019

Misc notes from Donna

How’s everyone doing? Have any photos to share here or on Ravelry? Any questions about any of the patterns so far? I just realized I never uploaded the Japanese butterfly motif video so on that for today. Sorry I forgot! I’m almost done with the modernized/Americanized cable butterfly chart that I’m redoing for you. And […]

08/16/2019

Another Botanical Artist

Here are some gorgeous photos from another German woman who was a botanical artist who featured butterflies in some of her drawings — and birds! Barbara Regina Dietzsch (German painter & illustrator) Barbara Regina Dietzsch (1706-1783) was a member of an important family of painters, engravers, and musicians that flourished in Nuremberg during the eighteenth […]

08/07/2019

Maria Sibylla Merian Photo Album

Maria Sibylla Merian (German naturalist and scientific illustrator) 1647 – 1717 Tulip, two Branches of Myrtle and two Shells, ca. 1700 drawing 33.6 x 24 cm. (13.23 x 9.45 in.) Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands © photo Rijksmuseum Merian received her artistic training from her stepfather, Jacob Marrel, a student of the still life painter Georg […]

08/06/2019

Raupen Wrap Videos & More

Hi! If you haven’t received box 3 yet, you will soon! I hope you like this pattern as much as I do. It was really fun to design and knit, although it has a few challenges if the techniques are new to you. The pattern name is Raupen Wrap, and raupen is German for caterpillar. […]

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