Natural History of Knitting Club 15

Next Package Delivery

A mystery package the last week of 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.

Discussion Forum

Updates, help, & general info will be discussed below. This area is private, moderated, & not open to the public. Contact Donna directly on our Contact Page.
Natural History of Knitting Club 16


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 […]


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 […]


Raupen Wrap Chart B

Hi there. Several of you have emailed me about problems with chart B for the Raupen Wrap. I’m sorry for the confusion. On the enlarged version we printed and inserted into the booklets, the repeat box did not show up. This is what Chart B should look like and how you work the second repeat, […]

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After Chart B on Raupen Wrap

There were a couple of questions on Ravelry about working Chart B and the Beads and Buds section after that, so I’m posting this here in case anyone else has the same question. After you finish chart A, you will work Chart B (with 4 garter sts at each end and in the center) until […]


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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Hi! Ready for box 3?

Hi! I feel like I’ve deserted you. I was in Lithuania for 3 weeks, then down with a cold and jet lag. But before I left for my trip, we got everything ready for box 3 so it’s going to ship next week. All I have to do is make some videos for you because […]


How Silk is Made

Here’s a cool video on how silk is made. Check it out! And if you want to learn more, join our Natural History of Knitting Yarn Club. There are a few spots open. We’ll be talking about silk in our next package and more later in the year.  

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