Knitting Retreat with Janine Bajus

Colours of Italy Fair Isle Knitting Retreat with Janine Bajus

11th – 18th June 2022


Course Details


Imagine a week spent exploring the Marche region of Italy: remote hill towns, rugged hills, farming valleys, accented by visits to artisans and markets. Then relaxing at the pool and enjoying marvelous meals from local ingredients.


Add to this vision 15 hours of playful color exploration in the Fair Isle tradition, choosing from 212 shades of Shetland yarn to capture your impressions of the landscape.  We will begin with instruction about the very specific way that color and value are used in Fair Isle design. Then, over the next few days, you will choose colors and create motifs that evoke your memories— small postcards of your vacation! You might choose to expand these swatches when you get home to make a hat using the template I provide.


About Janine


Janine has been intrigued by the interplay of fiber and colour since she learned to weave at the age of 11.  Now living in Berkeley, California where she is surrounded by colourful yarn, spinning wheels, piles of fabric, knitting needles, fleeces, and natural dyes.  She revels in designing colourful and uniquely personal clothing.


Janine is known as the Feral Knitter because of her fascination with modern, personal Fair Isle knitting.   Her classes on Fair Isle design have inspired hundreds of students to express themselves through colour and pattern; her book—The Joy of Color: Fair Isle Knitting Your Way—makes her techniques available to everyone.  Her knitting patterns can be found on, and you can learn more about her at


Knitting retreat Prices start from €2,215 per person which includes the following:


  • 15 hours of Fair Isle workshop with Janine Bajus, including Shetland yarn for extensive swatching
  • 7 nights luxury en-suite accommodation – see our rooms here
  • full board: includes breakfast, lunch or gourmet picnics on location and evening meals
  • delicious local house wine with lunch and evening meals
  • all local transportation including transfers from local pick-up points*
  • dedicated studio
  • all tours and experiences – to find out more request our factsheet below


*On the day of arrival we organise pick up times based on the groups arrival times either into Ancona airport or at the local train or coach stops.


We will do our very best to make sure nobody has to wait for too long but please be aware we will be picking up other members of the group whose arrival times may not necessary coincide perfectly with your own and we ask for your patience.


If you are arriving at a time that really doesn’t tie in with the group or arriving a day or so earlier we can arrange for a taxi to pick you up.   The cost of a taxi is in the region of €150.  If there is anybody else arriving doing the same we will arrange it so that you can share the transport costs.


Similarly for departure, for retreats the rooms are to be vacated by 10:00 on the morning of departure.  Departure time will be set based on the majority of the group.  Again we will do our very best to accommodate everyone.

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