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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

Kids’ Summer Camps at Knit Locally

Summer Camp at Knit Locally!

Ages 8+

$100 per 3-day session, plus materials*

Choose morning session (10 am – 12 pm) or afternoon session (2-4 pm)

Email peggy@knitlocally.com to register or for more info.

Knitting Camp: August 8-10

Students learn to knit and complete a simple scarf in garter stitch!

Day 1: Learning about yarn and needles, how to cast-on, and the knit stitch.

Day 2:  Learning about different types of  wool, fixing mistakes, purl stitch

Day 3: Creating texture with knit and purl stitches, bind off.

Materials:  220 yards worsted weight wool, size 8 needle

Fiber Arts Camp: August 15-17

Students explore three fiber arts crafts: knitting, crocheting, and spinning!

Day 1: Knitting skills: using needles, casting-on, knit stitch, bind-off

Day 2:  Crochet skills:  Using a crochet hook, chain stitch, single and double crochet

Day 3:  Drop spinning: Types of wool, how to spin wool into yarn

Materials:  2 skeins worsted wool, size 8 needle, 5.5 mm crochet hook, drop spindle

*Students may provide their own materials or purchase them from the shop

Class: Working with Hand-Dyed Yarns with Dawn of Fairytale Knits

Working with Hand-Dyed Yarns with Dawn, the dyer of Fairy Tale Knits

Saturday, May 12

10:30 am - 1:30 pm

1 session, 3 hours

$45

Description:

Do you ever wonder what to do with that lovely hank of hand dyed yarn you fell in love with?  Do you want to knit it into the perfect project but are afraid it’s going to pool or stack?  Have you never heard of these things but know your projects using beautiful hand-dyed yarns could use some TLC?  This is the class for you.  We will go over different dyeing methods, how they affect your knitting and how to know what to look for or ask when you find that yarn you can’t do without.

Skills needed:

Students should be able to knit, purl, increase, decrease, and follow pattern instructions

Materials:

1 skein of hand-dyed yarn (hand-painted yarn works best) and needles appropriate for yarn weight

Registration Deadline:

Wednesday, May 9

Note:

This class has a minimum of 3 students and a maximum of 10 students.

Please register ASAP to confirm your spot. Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. Once the maximum is reached, the class is closed.

Dawn is traveling from out of town to hold this class, so if the minimum number of students have not registered, the class will be cancelled.

To Register:

Email peggy@knitlocally.com

or fill out the form below:

Charm City Yarn Crawl bags are here! Reserve yours today.

The Charm City Yarn Crawl bags are here! Besides a fashionable accessory, the bag is your ticket to enjoy 20% off yarns and fiber at 14 participating stores from April 6-15. We have a limited number available, and are giving priority to YOU, our favorite customers, so contact us ASAP to reserve yours! $15 each.

For more information on the Charm City Yarn Crawl:

http://charmcityyarncrawl.com/

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

Cascade Baby Llama Chunky at Knit Locally

Cascade Baby Llama Chunky

100% Baby Llama

109 yards / 100 grams

$15 each

Color 01: Ecru
Color 14: Black
Color 15: Scarlet
Color 02: Fawn
Color 03: Latte
Color 05: Espresso
Color 08: Black Coffee
Color 07: Charcoal
Color 06: Pecan Heather
Color 24: Burgundy
Color 18: Dark Ivy
Color 20: Jet
Color 09: Silver
Color 12: Blue Coral
Color 16: Honey
Color 17: Green Olive
Meet our newest shop sample: Basketwoven Handspun Cowl — Free pattern with purchase!

Meet our newest shop sample: Basketwoven Handspun Cowl — Free pattern with purchase!

One of a Kind Knit!

Meet our newest shop sample:
Basketwoven Handspun Cowl

If you’ve ever wondered what to do with the stunning art yarns we carry from Luccadot yarns, this cowl is the perfect pattern to highlight one skein of a gorgeous handspun yarn, surrounded by the softness of Blue Sky Extra.

This drapey cowl pattern uses:
-1 skein of Blue Sky Extra (55% Baby Alpaca, 45% Extra Fine Merino, aran-weight)
-1 skein of Luccadot Handspun Art Yarn (each skein is unique!)
The pattern, designed by our own Kaarn H., is FREE with purchase of materials.
Check out some fun combinations below, or come into the store and pick your own for a truly unique knit accessory.

The 10-day, 2-skein Rhinebeck Sweater in Cascade Eco+

by Beth Knarr

New York Sheep and Wool (aka Rhinebeck) takes place every year, and one of it’s strongest traditions is the Rhinebeck Sweater, where participants knit a sweater to wear around the festival.

Back in July, I decided that I MUST go to Rhinebeck this year. In the ensuing chaos of trying to find any available room and cajoling my non-knitting husband into joining me on this adventure (aka: help with the six hour drive,) I just plain forgot to make sweater plans.

Fast forward to the beginning of October, when Rhinebeck is a mere two weeks away. Instagram and Ravelry were both flooded with knitters’ in-progress shots of their Rhinebeck creations, from stunning, intricate fair-isle to cushy bulky cables, to faded everything. How could I resist the urge to join in? I HAD TO KNIT A RHINEBECK SWEATER!

Fortunately for me, a few things were in my favor:

  1. We had the perfect yarn in stock at the store.
  2. I had a pattern in mind that was both fast and easy.
  3. In the two weeks before Rhinebeck, I was taking a trip to California that included 12 hours on planes and 14 hours in cars, so I would have good blocks of distraction-free frantic knitting time.

And now for the important aspect of any good last-minute plan: details!

Knitting on a plane
Knitting in the car
Knitting by the ocean
The yarn:

One of our new arrivals for fall was Cascade Eco+. The first thing you’ll notice about this yarn is that it comes in HUGE skeins. Each skein is 250 grams and 478 yards, which means you can complete an entire sweater in most sizes with 2 or 3 skeins. Longer yardage means less ends to weave in when changing skeins (a plus when time is of the essence.) Each of our colors comes with multiple skeins from the same dye lots, so no need to alternate between skeins. In my finished sweater, even I can’t tell where the first skein ended and the second color began…the colors are that identical! Did I mention that each skein is only $22.95…which means that if my crazy plan failed, i wasn’t left with hundreds of dollars worth of yarn and no Rhinebeck Sweater. As it ended up, my entire sweater cost less than $40, because I still have some of the second skein left over. This makes it a great option for a first sweater — if you end up with a sweater that doesn’t fit, or a pattern that gives you nightmares, you haven’t made a hugely expensive mistake. And this yarn is a workhouse — it can stand a gentle frogging and be ready for you to try, try again.

The suggested gauge for this yarn is 14-16 stitches per 4″ on a US 9-10 needle (5.5-6.0 mm.) Based on my swatch, I noticed the yarn blooms (grows larger) when blocking. The pattern gauge was 14 stitches per 4 inches, which I got on a size 9 needle (one size down from pattern recommendation to account for growth when blocking.) That swatch also produced a knit fabric with the drape that I wanted for my sweater. It’s always important to block a swatch! Before blocking, my gauge was closer to 15 stitches per four inches, but after blocking, the yarn relaxed to perfect gauge. Had I not blocked the swatch, and knit to 14 stitches per inch, my sweater would have grown too much during blocking and ended up too big.

There are three versions of this yarn, which all have the same yardage and gauge, but different names to denote different dye processes.

Cascade Ecological Wool: Undyed, in natural wool colors (ranging from creams to neutral grays and browns)

Cascade Eco+: Dyed

Cascade Eco+ Peruvian Tones: New line of colors which have a heathered tonal color on the cream base.

We have a great selection of all three types in the store, contact us for available colors! My sweater was knit with color 7098 “Merlot.”

The Pattern:

Close up on the cabled yoke detail. Photo from Interveave
The Unity Pullover features flattering waist shaping and bell sleeves. Photo from Interweave.

Ravelry is a great tool for finding the perfect pattern on short notice. I knew what yarn I wanted to use, so I was able to look at other projects made with the yarn first, then to search their huge pattern database for sweater patterns, using filters to find only the patterns for aran-weight yarn. When I found the Unity Pullover, I knew this was the one. Originally published in the book “Finish Free Knits” by Kirsten Ten-Dyke, this top-down sweater features NO SEAMING, which was a huge plus given my short time frame. Plus, while I love knitting aspect, I’m generally not a huge fan of seaming. The benefit of top down sweaters is that you can try them on as you knit, and adjust the pattern accordingly (saving a lot of sad frogging and re-knitting time.)

What attracted me to the pattern was the cabled yoke. I love knitting cables – so much design element for deceptively little work. In this pattern, the cables get wider as the yoke of the sweater increases. The simple cable pattern was easy enough to knit on a plane and the charted instructions meant that I could always find my place, even after putting down my knitting during the pretzel-and-beverage service on the plane.

Sweaters knit in bulkier yarns can often feel, well, bulky. This pattern uses simple decreases and increases to create flattering waist shaping. As a bonus, these rows keep the pattern interesting when it comes to knitting the length of the body. This simple shaping made for a more feminine look to the finished sweater, and made me more confident to wear it in public.

The sleeves of the pattern are a bell sleeve, which means they stay the same size down to the wrist (rather than decreasing to created a sleeve fitted to the arm.) I like a bell sleeve, as it leaves my arms more free to move around (aka knit) and doesn’t catch on any bracelets, etc. I may be wearing. It would be easy to add decreases down the length of sleeve to change it to a fitted sleeve, and several Ravelrs have done so (again, the top down design helps, as you can try it on as you knit, and stop decreasing when the sleeve gets to a width you like.)

The pattern can be found here on Ravelry and purchased from Interweave’s website for $6.50. Well worth the price for the variety of sizes (30¾ (34¼, 37¼, 40½, 44, 46¾, 50¼) and the author’s attention to design detail. I knit the 40.5″ size.

The finished result:
My finished Unity Pullover!

After knitting on planes and automobiles, I was able to finish my sweater ten days after starting, just enough time to block and dry and take to Rhinebeck! I was very happy with the finished sweater–the fit was perfect, the yarn softened during the blocking process to be comfortable to wear against bare skin, and the design details made for an attractive pullover. I proudly wore the sweater to Rhinebeck, where I received lots of compliments from fellow knitters. In the end, I’m glad that I challenged to take on such a big project, even on a deadline, and finish the first sweater that I have knit for myself with such great results.