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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

Get ready for sweater weather with our October KAL!

Fall has officially arrived, and brought the arrival of cooler temperatures. Our October KAL is the perfect project to help you get ready for the crisp autumn air. This month, we’ll be knitting the Janesville Jacket, designed by Jane Veitenheimer for Blue Sky Fibers.

This cozy, kimono-style jacket is a gorgeous layering piece. Knit in Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers, a worsted weight Fine Highland wool that is sourced in Peru. We have all 21 colors of this beautiful yarn in stock for the KAL, so you’re sure to find a color combination you love, whether it is bold and modern or soft and romantic. (Shown above in No. 1306, Wild Thyme & No. 1309, Earth Ivy; shown below in No. 1301, Storm Cloud & No. 1317, Midnight Sea) (Finished jacket photos from Blue Sky Fibers)

This pattern is for a one-size-fits-most cardigan, and is knit in a simple seed stitch texture, making it an excellent first sweater project for a beginner knitter. Plus, we’re available to answer any questions about the pattern or help you with any difficulties you encounter during knitting — just stop in during store hours, or contact us by email. We’re all knitting this together!

Peggy’s color combo, inspired by a classic pink Cadillac! Colors: Cast Iron and Quartz Crystal

And now for the important information: PRIZES!

We’re running our store KAL in conjunction with Blue Sky Fibers Fall KAL, so you’ll have two chance to win!

The Blue Sky Fibers KAL is hosted in their Ravelry Group, and features a grand prize of a brand new kit from Blue Sky Fibers that features five of their different yarns in a fun hat pattern. Join their group here. Deadline for their KAL is November 30, 2017.

Our Knit Locally KAL is hosted both in-store and online, so you are welcome to join us ‘virtually’ in the KAL. We meet every Wednesday in the store from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for our official knit along time, but you’re welcome to knit with us whenever the store is open. You can also participate online by sharing photos of your progress in our Facebook group, on Instagram, or via email. We have monthly prize drawings of yarn and more just for participating!

ALL participants who finish their Janesville Jacket by January 15, 2018 receive a $10 Knit Locally gift card!

To participate, purchase your yarn from Knit Locally. Don’t live nearby but want to join in? No problem! We’re always happy to send yarn to you.

Yarn details: Woolstok (100% Fine Highland Wool; 50g/123 yards)

6 hanks main color, 3 hanks contrast color

Price: $7.95 each

Needles: Size 10 32″ circular needle

Bundle up in colorful splendor with our new cowl pattern!

An easy project doesn’t have to be boring! Our new cowl pattern, designed by Beth Knarr for Knit Locally, features modern colorful stripes in a pattern that is beginner-friendly and fun to knit.

“A Cowl of a Different Color” can be knit as long cowl (perfect to double-up for warmth, or wear long to show off all of the colors) or a scarf. It is knit from one “21 Color Kit” from Blue Sky Fibers, as well as 3 skeins of Woolstok in a main color of your choice (we used Highland Fleece.)

If you purchase your yarn at Knit Locally, the pattern is included for FREE!

While the pattern includes the order of colors that we used, it also has a space for you to write in your own custom color order.

The pattern takes its name from the color-changing horse featured in the classic movie, “The Wizard of Oz.”