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Meet Esra…the heart, brains and brawn behind her very own knitting/crochet label Asoratti!
Now, I know Esra personally…she is a young Saudi woman from the Eastern Province who is currently studying Interior Design in the UK. She previous was doing her studies in the USA and then transfered to the “exotic” United Kingdom to improve her knitting skills.-OK, I’m joking around, but seriously…this young woman is a serious phenomenon. Not only does she attend school full time, but also runs her very own home grown business doing what she absolutely loves! You have to admit, thats wonderful when you are able to pinpoint something you truly enjoy doing at such a young age and are able to make a business out of it. Win-win! Mash’Allah.
Anyway, she started out as Knitella but decided Asoratti would be a better fit. She has a regular line of knit items and is open to special orders. Right now her big thing are these funky little bracelets made from yarn nick-named “yarn candy” along with quirky headbands, gloves, scarves and wraps, socks and anything else you can dream up! She often hit the craft fairs and is a member of several knitting groups and circles in the UK and around the world.Obviously, Ive been intrigued by her growing business for awhile and when she asked me if I would do a review and a shout-out for her on Old School Hejabi I gladly accepted…because not only was I eager to see her work up close and personal but also to support both a friend and a sister who is tryin’ to get her business going, doin’ what she loves! How can that not be awesome?
Onward I go…so she sent me a selection of yarn bracelets…aka…yarn candy. I thought this would be the best item for me to review as I really don’t wear headbands (too bulky over my scarves) and I tend to like bracelets and am always up for something unique and one of a kind. I know the whole yarn thing left me thinking…OK, will they look totally Boho and Hippie-ish and will I dig them…?
So, they came from the UK to me Stateside in around 2 weeks via regular Postal mail. They came nicely packaged up and safe, mash’Allah. Everything she makes is completely handmade and is made of 100% wool and her designs are all her own.
And worn…so Ive been wearing them around, they actually go with almost everything that I wear, I’m a casual sort personally so I tend to favor low-key accessories and these are quite suitable. Only downside is, because they are yarn they are a bit stretchy and I have had to re-knot them a few times so they don’t slide off my wrists…oh and kidlet decided he loved the awesomeness of the green one, commandeered it and has been wearing it almost daily. I had to re-knot it so it would fit him.
Here are some other samples of her work. Really, I think its great what she is doing and I hope that Asoratti will continue to grow! Personally, I’d rather wear something which was made carefully and by hand by someone who is really devoted to their craft verses dropping a few bucks on some cookie-cutter, machine made “typical” knitted item as it just lacks the character and story which a handmade piece always has!
Jazakh’Allah’Khair Esra for letting me review your cute yarn bracelets!