I love working with others that are involved in the fibrey world. It's a comparatively small group, but it stretches all around the world, and there are so many bright, passionate, clever, creative people in our community.
Occasionally, that means I get sneak previews of things, and when this sneak preview landed in my inbox I'll admit I did a little dance.
An exciting project that is perfect for spinners!
Heart on my Sleeve is a collaborative project, with some of the biggest names in knitting design all contributing patterns (Shannon Cook, Romi Hill, Bristol Ivy, Tanis Lavallée, Joji Locatelli, Alexa Ludeman, Jane Richmond, Ysolda Teague, and Emily Wessel)
The patterns are all written for DK weight yarn (hoorah, that's default yarn for many of us!) and are sized from 0-6 months all the way up to 4XXL (59inch chest measurement).
The body and sleeve instructions are the same for every pattern in the book, but each designer has contributed a different yoke element, and I want to knit so many of them.
The Yokes on Crazy Heart would be wonderful to use one of the Bach Packs (or oddments of handspun leftover from other projects), and you could always knit the rest of the body in commercial yarn.
The cabling on Hearthstone would really pop if you spun a 3 ply yarn (or even a 4ply if you were feeling energetic).
All the jumpers are knitted from the bottom up, so you can always start on the bottom... and make your mind up on the yoke later.
And the best part about this collaboration.
It's doing good.
All the proceeds (less PayPal, and Ravelry fees) are going to Against Malaria Foundation.
Malaria is the biggest cause of death in pregnant women. It kills at least half a million people a year. It's also completely preventable. Using bed nets that cost only a couple of pounds is incredible effective at stopping people from getting Malaria. So raising funds to buy bed nets is a very simple way of stopping the disease.
It also helps Sub-Saharn African countries become better off financially. 400 million people getting ill every year is a huge drain on the economy of a country. For every $1million spent on Malaria prevention, a country's GDP rises by $12million.
The Against Malaria Foundation uses all the ones raised from donations to buy nets, their administration costs are covered by separate donations from businesses. So the proceeds from the book go directly towards helping people.
The e-book goes live on Valentines Day... and I'd much rather get a copy of this than a card!
There are also going to be knitalongs centred around the project, and you can find more information here.