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Next Package Delivery

A mystery package the last week of May-June, July-Aug, Sept-Oct, Dec-Jan, 2019 & Feb 2020. Yarn, book, paintings, patterns, and more. Yarn indie dyed by Donna Druchunas.

2019 Theme

Our theme for 2019 will be Maria Sibylla Merian’s Garden Flowers. Based on the colors, art, and flowers of Maria. Your 1 year of projects will be based on this theme with some variations.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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05/14/2019

‘Lost’ Book Rediscovered

‘Lost’ book of exquisite scientific drawings rediscovered after 190 years. Decades of searching uncovered the brilliantly illustrated plants and detailed notes made by a U.S. woman living in Cuba in the 1800s. An article about the work of Anne Wollstonecraft, who created volumes of detailed botany illustrations in 19th-century Cuba. Rediscovered after almost 200 years, […]

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04/15/2019

Maria Merrian was a complicated woman

Working on all of the booklets at once, with stories that span her life. Here are topics I’ve thought of so far. Her life is dense and rich like the jungles she visited in South America. Also, I’m playing with colorway ideas for our next two packages!

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04/09/2019

Victorian Knitting Mysteries

Victorian knitting patterns were often mysteries, since there were no diagrams or photos in many of the books. The flower book I have is one of those. This is the only image in the book: Here’s our pattern, in all its dense, textual beauty: I charted the flower petal from our pattern. You start by […]

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04/06/2019

Victorian Knitting Patterns

That flower pattern is confusing isn’t it? Here is some info about Victorian knitting patterns. Next week, after you have time to play with this a bit, I’ll post a modern version of the instructions. Measurements & Sizing Patterns will be in inches because they were written before the metric system came into use. The […]

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