One of the things I do with each design I create is find it a name. They are alll supposed to be geographically related and easy to spell. For each design I always have a bit of an idea of what my concept is, but I’m not really good with naming things. I love going to my favorite search engine and putting in words that are related in my mind to the design, and seeing where they take me. I learn things I may or may not need to know, but it is usually a bit of a diversion that I enjoy.
Here is a great little description of Meath. I was thinking cables, so I got to Ireland, but spelling was really an issue! And sometimes things just don’t work with what is in my head. I didn’t want a big city or something well known because I felt this was a design concept that was really about dipping your toe in, not embracing complicated cables.
The first piece I did was for Creative Knitting and it is called Play It Up with Cables in their latest issue. I also did a quickie project for them, a cell phone case that can also be a swatch. But apparently that wasn’t enough, because I then did the Meath Pullover. I first just did one for myself, but then I liked it so much that I wrote up the pattern and had it made in a non-stash yarn and published the pattern.
I’ve worn my personal Meath a couple of times and I love it. I wore it on a trip recently, and since I thought the airplane was freezing (as it was where we spent the weekend!), I really loved the long sleeves that have a thumb hole. But I figured not everyone would want to knit the entire pullover. Since we all need to use our fingers I thought mitts would work. So I’ve been making these Mitts. I made the medium, and they are 11″ long top to bottom which is probably a little longer than most people would want, and the pair took 60g of yarn. I finished the matching pair in Willow for photography, and last night I started a pair for my mother from Rimu DK. I have yarn left over from another project which will be published later this month, and a random ball of blue, her two favorite colors, so this will be perfect for her. Her hands are always cold but arthritis makes gloves impossible.
So what, you might be asking, about all the other unfinished projects? Oh, who knows, but the end of the year is coming so I am planning to get everything completed by the end of January for TNNA.