In January I took some time off blogging and was off the grid for a while escaping the UK cold for some Dominican Republic sunshine. The resort my husband and I stayed at sprayed mosquito-killing chemicals twice a day and, because of that, I stupidly was rather lax in applying repellant myself. I came home with lots of itchy bites as a souvenir of my stay that have now scabbed over, resembling chicken pox.
Itchy bites may be rather annoying but thankfully the mosquitos that bit my husband and I do not carry malaria. The World Health Organisation reported that in 2015 an estimated 429,000 died from the disease, which disproportionally affects the the population of Sub-Saharan Africa.
It was with great interest then that, a day after I arrived back in the UK, I received an email from Tin Can Knits (the Canadian/Scottish company) about Heart On My Sleeve, a collaborative knitting book with all the proceeds going to the Against Malaria Foundation.
Tin Can Knits gave me a peek preview of the proofs. There are eight delectable sweaters, suitable for beginner and intermediate knitters, all of which have a heart theme. Like Tin Can Knits' other designs the patterns have sizes ranging from baby to the larger adult.
To whet your appetite, here are the designs:
Wholehearted by Bristol Ivy
This features a large-scale yoke motif the authors describe as 'architectural, yet at the same time subtle and organic'.
Crazyheart by Tanis Lavallee
You choose the colours for the bold and bright geometric yoke!
Hearthstone by Ysolha Teague
A simpler sweater with shoulder cables.
Lionheart by Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond
A fun hoodie with stripes on the hood and wrists.
Brightheart by Romi Hill
A lace yoke combined with split garter cuffs and hem give this sweater a soft and feminine feel.
Heartstring by Jojo Locatelli
I adore the delicate stitching that adorns this jumper - just look at that cute heart on the sleeve!
Tenderheart by Alexa Ludeman
To me this sweater's yoke has a very Scandinavian and Christmassy feel.
Ironheart by Emily Wessell
This final design has 'a boldly textured lace motif, organic and botanical on a garter stitch ground'.
Heart On My Sleeve launched on 14th February. It's available to download at Ravelry for $21.60 and remember that all the profits will be go towards saving lives.