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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Yarn Along: Heads and Hearts

Mariam modeled it for me so I could get pictures. I love the way the hearts show up in UV light! It delights me each time I see it.

My computer became possessed earlier this week, so I was not able to finish my yarn along post. Here it is now.

I've finished my surprise heart hat. Mostly I've been working on some finishing and Amira since then. This is kind of a baby of mine. It is a design that I came up with around when Amira was born, and I've had it rattling in my brain since then. I really love it, and I think it will do well, but I'd like some impartial input from others.

Here is my own Amira in progress - I want to be ahead of my knitters. I have the pattern just about ready for publishing and am hoping that folks who want a chance at a preview of the pattern before it is for sale will give it a whirl and tell me what they think.

This is my last appeal to find knitters who are interested in knitting a 29"/30" or a 49"/50" bust Amira with us as we do our preview KAL. Amira is a sleeveless shell, with a simple lace and texture pattern, knit in two pieces and seamed. The neck is draped, and requires some basic short row skills. I have more information and yarn requirements for those who are interested in giving this pattern a preview. Please let me know if you can knit one of those sizes, as I'm about to give the preview pattern to the knitters to work on their own. I have two knitters for almost every other size, so even if I can get just one more knitter for each of those sizes, that would be grand. If I have to proceed without them, I will, but I'd rather have all sizes represented. Thank you so much for considering it! Here's the weekly reminder to like Arabian Knits Designs on Facebook, if you haven't already. Thank you!

I've begun my Lenten reading. In fact, I went back and reread Christ in His Saints, too. I also finished my happy little murder, Purl Up and Die: A Knitting Mystery. This one has convinced me not to seek out her stories anymore. I enjoyed it enough, but the character development I saw the potential for in her first books have not been realized, and she repeats dialogue and other words far too much. The kids and I have been reading Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior together. For fun. And they are really enjoying it. I told them that while this was an excellent guide on etiquette, it was not a guide on morals, so there would be times that we disagreed with her on that. They saw that pretty clearly in the preface. It is still a romping read, and a great way to interest young people in proper manners. I used to read this book in bed when I was in high school.

Also posting to Keep Calm and Craft On, and The Philosopher's Wife.

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Love the hat! What a great idea to cover in little hearts! Adorable.
that is the coolest hat EVER! I love how the hearts show up too :)
Thank you both!

I know this yarn is a gimmick, but it's a cool one! I'm sure the yarn company is scrambling to get other colors figured out, too. My kids are predicting that the next color released will be one that changes to green.

My friend's daughter is out of the ICU and out of the hospital now, but they live where there can be blizzards all the way up to May, so I think the hats will still be useful to them. At the very least, I hope those "magically" appearing hearts will delight a little five year old girl who has a hard life to lead for the moment.
Now that yarn is rather clever! Best wishes on your Amira, Ranee. :)
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