Joan Rowe

Joan Rowe

I have been publishing knitting patterns on Ravelry since 2012, although I had been designing patterns for myself for many years before Ravelry made it possible to self-publish patterns. I love to knit lace, and creatures - the creatures are so quick - it’s instant gratification. Well….. some of them are quick anyway. It’s quite a challenge to figure out how to make them look realistic, but that’s what I really like to do. Each time I start on a new animal I research it and try to get the anatomy correct. I guess that comes of a lifetime spent in scientific research labs (mostly molecular biology).

Now, I’m retired, living next to a wetlands, and loving the solitude, which is interrupted only by noisy flights of geese and chattering birds all day long. I spend lots of time knitting while listening to audiobooks in the evenings, but all day I’m in the garden unless it’s freezing out there.

My other love is gardening and I have 1.6 ac to keep me busy. Chiloquin is a cold place though (or at least, it used to be cold) and there is no gardening to be done from Nov to April, when the ground is frozen solid and likely covered with snow.

I have a blog www.joansgarden.wordpress.com but I’m pretty sporadic about blogging - have to be in just the right mood, and mostly, I’d rather be knitting :)
I also publish a weekly newsletter for Chiloquin - https://chiloquinnews.wordpress.com/

I have 2 cats, Freddie and Buster. Freddie is part of the knitting team but Buster is heavy enough to enforce a ‘no knitting moratorium’ when he plops down on my arm.

If you’re interested in test knitting my new designs, I have started a group for that purpose. The group is JoansGarden’s Knitted Creatures You are most welcome to join even if you don’t want to test knit.

original designs

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Halloween Hair
Joan's Garden
Jaunty Jellyfish
Joan's Garden
Garden Lovers Cowl
Joan's Garden
Star Cable Beanie
Joan's Garden
Somnolent Sloth
Joan's Garden
Whale Tail Beanie
Joan's Garden
Frolicsome Frog
Joan's Garden
Serene Sea Star
Knit & Crochet Toys from Love of Knitting
Bonny Baby Bonnet
Joan's Garden
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