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Knit Locally Book Club October 2018: Ship Fever by Andrea Barret

Knit Locally Book Club October 2018: Ship Fever by Andrea Barret

Knit Locally Book Club: October Meeting

Tuesday, October 2

6:30-8:30 pm

Our October Book Club selection is Ship Fever by Andrea Barrett. 

1996 National Book Award Winner for Fiction.

The elegant short fictions gathered hereabout the love of science and the science of love are often set against the backdrop of the nineteenth century. Interweaving historical and fictional characters, they encompass both past and present as they negotiate the complex territory of ambition, failure, achievement, and shattered dreams. In “Ship Fever,” the title novella, a young Canadian doctor finds himself at the center of one of history’s most tragic epidemics. In “The English Pupil,” Linnaeus, in old age, watches as the world he organized within his head slowly drifts beyond his reach. And in “The Littoral Zone,” two marine biologists wonder whether their life-altering affair finally was worth it. In the tradition of Alice Munro and William Trevor, these exquisitely rendered fictions encompass whole lives in a brief space. As they move between interior and exterior journeys, “science is transformed from hard and known fact into malleable, strange and thrilling fictional material” (Boston Globe)

Project Inspiration:

We’ve chosen projects reminiscent of both the floral theme of the book cover and connections to the natural world that are a theme throughout the short stores.

Each of these designs uses sport-weight yarn, and would be stunning knit in our Rosy Green Wool Cheeky Merino Joy, Carol Sunday 3-ply (Eden, Nirvana or Angelic) or Blue Sky Baby Alpaca Sport.

Rosy Green Wool Cheeky Merino Joy

100% Virgin Organic Merino Extra Fine

350 yards / 100 g / $24.95

Carol Sunday 3-Ply

Eden: 100% Extra-Fine Australian Merino: 50g / 246 yards / $11.50

Nirvana: 90% Extra-Fine Merino, 10% Cashmere: 50g / 246 yards / $13.95

Angelic: 75% Extra-Fine Merino, 25% Angora: 50g / 246 yards / $12.95

Blue Sky Baby Alpaca Sport

100% Baby Alpaca

50g / 110 yards / $13.00

Pattern Ideas:

Branches and Buds Pullover by Carrie Bostick Hoge

Cowl Latvian Blooms by Dela Hausmann

Frosted Leaves by Lisa Hannes

Caress My Soul by Melanie Berg

Upcoming Book Selections and Meeting Dates

Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood: Tuesday, November 6
Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman: Tuesday, December 4
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee: To Be Determined (Either Tuesday, January 1 or Tuesday, January 8)
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George: Tuesday, February 5

Tandem Cables Scarf by Bonnie Barker

Tandem Cables Scarf by Bonnie Barker, from “Cable Crochet Made Easy.” Knit in Yankee Dyer Yakkity Yak

We’re so excited to have local author and crochet superstar at Knit Locally on Saturday, December 2 from 12-2 for a book signing for her new release, “Cable Crochet Made Easy.” The book features 18 new cabled crochet patterns and includes a wide variety of patterns, including pieces for both men and women as well as the home. As a bonus, each pattern comes with detailed video tutorials to take you through the steps, so you’ll be able to crochet away with confidence!

Our second pattern preview for Bonnie Barker’s newest book, “Cable Crochet Made Easy” is the Tandem Cables Scarf. Just look at that rich texture! Although this looks intimidating, once you get started, the pattern becomes intuitive — plus Bonnie’s video tutorials for both right and left handed crocheters will help you along!

This scarf was knit out of Yakkity Yak by Yankee Dyer, which is available at Knit Locally. This blend of merino, yak, and nylon produces a fabric with incredible drape. We have 14 colors in stock, including the color used in the book sample, “Yak-tober.” Click here for a complete color selection and ordering information.

We carry a full spectrum of Yankee Dyer Yakkity Yak — beautiful, rich colors with incredible drape!

See you at the book signing! Click here for more information.

Book Signing with Bonnie Barker, December 2, 12-2

Join us for this fun event celebrating Bonnie’s newest book! We were fortunate to be able to peek inside this new release, and were so impressed with the variety of patterns on offer. In addition to beautiful accessories for women, such as scarves and ponchos, there is also a great pattern for the men in your life, the “Cables For My Guys” scarf, as well as some beautiful pieces for the home, like the Moher Cabled Throw and Pillow, or the Striped and Cabled Baby Blanket, which are sure to become treasured family heirlooms. For those of you looking for great gift ideas, you’ll swoon over her matching sets, like the Lydia’s Opulence Alpaca Mittens and Matching Headband. There are even fun crocheted bottle covers that would make a fun and quick gift for the beverage lovers in your life.

In addition to the breathtaking photos included in the printed book, each of these patterns comes with complete video tutorials. We love how Bonnie has given you the resources to make your pattern a success (especially for those of us who learn best by watching.)

This week, we’ll be previewing three of the patterns we love, with yarn ideas available in the shop. Check back here or on the blog for a daily pattern preview.

Arrow Asymmetrical Scarf

Tandem Cables Scarf

Moher Cabled Throw

We still have limited copies of her previous books, “Contemporary Cable Crochet” and “Celtic Cable Crochet.” Contact peggy@knitlocally.com to purchase.