What a fabulous Valentine! From the first moment we heard about it, we loved Heart on My Sleeve, a collaborative charity ebook, that launched February 14th. Heart on My Sleeve is an ebook of 8 sweaters, designed by 9 different designers, Shannon Cook, Romi Hill, Bristol Ivy, Tanis Lavallée, Joji Locatelli, Alexa Ludeman, Jane Richmond, Ysolda Teague, and Emily Wessel. All proceeds from the sale of this ebook (except for Ravelry and Paypal fees) will be going to the Against Malaria Foundation. The ebook will be available for purchase for 1 year.
Because we love Tin Can Knits (Emily Wessel and Alexa Ludeman) and we love all the designers that contributed to this initiative AND we love it when a purchase goes to support a great cause, we thought this idea was the best Valentine's gift ever. We've been oohing and aahing over the patterns and planning which designs we're wild about making, and for whom, and with which yarns. It's been so much fun! Here are a few of our top picks and we want you to join in the conversation. Leave a comment, tell us which pattern you're going to knit first (we know you won't stop at one), who it's for and what yarn you'd like to use. We'll do a random draw on March 17 (St. Paddy's Day) from all the entries for a River City Yarn gift card in the amount of $25.00 CAN (approximately what you paid for the book!)
Cindy thought Crazyheart by Tanis Lavallée would be fun to knit for her daughter. "Crazyheart spoke to me the most because it combines traditional with crazy and who doesn’t love a little crazy. I especially like the variety of ways Tanis has used contrast colours for this sweater." Cindy would recommend Louet Gems Sport, which we've used before in a DK gauge because it has fun colours and is a superwash 100% merino wool (easy care and soft!)
Aya also picked Crazyheart. She says, "I like how the geometric pattern can look simple or super colourful depending on the colour combo you choose. While I like the traditional looking colourwork, I also like how colourwork yoke sweaters can look so modern." Aya is eyeing up machine-washable Berroco Vintage DK for a main colour and Drops Karisma for contrast colours (the smaller 5og balls are perfect for colourwork).
Amaris says: "I would knit Heartstring by Joji Locatelli because I have always wanted to knit one of her patterns. I love the subtlety of the contrasting colour on the yoke." Amaris would also pick Louet Gems Sport "because the merino would wear well and it would showcase the pattern beautifully."
Connie and Sabrina both picked Lionheart by Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond. Connie said, "It's casual, hip and looks very comfy." And, she added: "I, of course, might do it from Rimu. I also think it might be nice to try the Drops Merino Extra Fine." (LOL - Connie LOVES Rimu - a possum merino wool blend).
Sabrina likes the hood option on Lionheart: "It's amazing!" Sabrina is contemplating yarns. Cynthia chimed in and said, "oh, you should try Cascade Ultra Pima (100% cotton) for this one! It just feels like a summer-evening-on-the-beach kind of sweater." Ultra Pima is also machine washable; perfect for beach (and any other) activities.
Cynthia says she had a tough time deciding but finally choose the high contrast colour work option, Tenderheart, by Alexa Ludeman. Cynthia said, "I love to knit sweaters for my two favourite little people: Rachel and Hayden. I like that this sweater is unisex and I love, love, love stranded colour work." She thinks she'll try it out in Universal Yarns Deluxe DK Tweed.
And Barb picked Brightheart by Romi Hill. Barb loves the classic design and the lacy look of the yoke. "I really liked the three-quarter sleeves and the button detail on the cuff," she said. "I think I would like to try Shibui Pebble (double-stranded)." We thought that was an awesome idea!
What about you?