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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

Project Inspiration with Cheeky Merino Joy: 3 colors, 8 combos, 7 patterns

Find your Joy! Cheeky Merino Joy is our newest arrival from Rosy Green Wool.  The wool, yarn, and entire production process are certified according to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The supersoft Merino wool comes from Patagonia and is spun and dyed for Rosy Green Wool by small businesses in England. This sport-weight yarn is extremely soft, also ideal for children. Available in 23 colors and the first GOTS-certified organic Merino hand-knitting yarn that is also machine washable.

The Color Combinations

Here are our 8 favorite 3-color combinations, and 7 patterns for your inspiration:

Combo 1: 062 Isar Pebble / 063 Deep Ocean / 050 Ruby
Combo 2: 062 Isar Pebble / 126 Peony / 101 Blackberry
Combo 3: 065 Edelweiss (undyed) / 058 Rose Garden / 060 Black Cat
Combo 4: 105 Blackberry Sorbet / 107 Arctic Sea / 055 Moss
Combo 5: 126 Peony / 105 Blackberry Sorbet / 057 Wild Mallow
Combo 6: 051 Laguna / 062 Isar Pebble / 061 Cornish Slate
Combo 7: 103 Garden Pond / 102 Sunflower / 115 Air
Combo 8: 053 Sand / 054 Lucky Clover / 102 Sunflower

The Patterns

Each of these patterns calls for 3 colors of Cheeky Merino Joy

“Hamble” by Isabell Kraemer

“Drachenfels” by Melanie Berg

“Coya” by Jana Huck

“Streetscape” by Jana Huck

“Heidschnucke” by Melanie Berg

“Color Affection” by  Veera Välimäki

“Colour Spotting” by Jana Huck

Project Idea: Allodola Shawl by Heather Zoppetti

Project Idea: Allodola Shawl by Heather Zoppetti

The Allodola Shawl, knit in two colors of Oink Pigments Nimbus

Our latest shop sample is a stunner! The Allodola Shawl by Heather Zoppetti uses a clever combination of slipped and cabled stitches to create a unique geometric pattern, while short rows create a fun ruffled edge. The design is perfect to highlight a hand-dyed variegated yarn combined with a complimentary solid or tonal. It is easy to adjust the size or length, as it is knit from edge to edge…simply follow the increases to the desired size, then start decreasing back down!

We knit ours in our new yarn, Nimbus from Oink Pigments. This Merino / Nylon / Cashmere blend is OH.SO.SOFT! Please feel free to come in and touch it for yourself to experience the luscious softness and the beautiful halo. Beth thoroughly enjoyed knitting with it — it’s very easy on your hands! Beth used Oink Pigments Nimbus in the variegated colorway “4 Play” and the solid colorway “Sex&Violets.” You can purchase this combo below (Combination 9) or go for a sparkle version of the same colors! (Combination 5)

A close up on the beautiful stitch pattern of the shawl, created with slipped stitches and cables.

We’ve put together our favorite color combos from several of our indie dyers. Contact us to reserve yours–we’re happy to ship as well!

Allodola Shawl Combinations featuring Indie Dyers!

Combine your favorite hand-dyed variegated with a complimentary solid or tonal!

Details for each kit:

Combination 1: $60.95

Oink PIgments Nimbus in Pixie Wings and Yankee Dyer Stride in Hot Pants

Combination 2: $60.95

Oink PIgments Nimbus in Pigs, Doom, and Tacos and Yankee Dyer Stride in Sea Glass

Combination 3: $56.95

Oink Pigments Disco in Gryphon Door and Kim Dyes Yarn Sugarcookies Sock in Cabernet

Combination 4: $60

Oink Pigments Disco in Desert Dessert and Peachy Keen

Combination 5: $60

Oink Pigments Disco in 4 Play and Sex&Violets

Combination 6: $66

 Oink Pigments Nimbus in After All This Time and Zoot Soot Riot

Combination 7: $60

Oink Pigments Disco in Cool WIP and Together All Rows Develop Into Sweaters

Combination 8: $55.90

Yankee Dyer Stride in Alternative Facts and Vino

Combination 9: $66

Oink Pigments Nimbus in 4 Play and Sex&Violets

The $15 Quick Holiday Gift

Nothing says heartfelt like a handmade gift! With our new colors of Cascade Baby Llama Chunky, you can make a beautiful accessory using only one skein — the perfect $15 gift! This luxury yarn is 100 percent Baby Llama, so it is super soft and plush. Plus, it’s bulky size means that it works up FAST!

Baby Llama Chunky (100 g/109 yds, Bulky, 100% Baby Llama, $15

Top Left: Friday Harbor Mitts (Knit) FREE! Click here for pattern!
Top Right: Waiting for Baby Cowl (Knit) FREE! Click here for pattern!
Bottom Left: Diamond Tempest Cowl (Knit) FREE! Click here for pattern!
Bottom Right: Llama Love Ear Warmer (Crochet) FREE! Click here for pattern!

Colors Available: