Danu – finished design

Danu

Danu

I’ve had the idea of designing some fingerless mittens for some time but that was all the idea I had on them.

I had this ball of Tin Shed from Life in the Long Grass and I knew I wanted to use it. It’s a 75% superwash merino/25%nylong yarn and is so buttery soft! The fact that it is dyed right here in Ireland makes it fit in with what I want as an Irish designer. I want to be able to use wool gotten here in Ireland, be it spun or dyed it’s keeping the yarn industry going here in Ireland and I like to support.

Danu

Danu

Great I thought a step closer to the design! and that is where it ended.

I may have had the yarn, the needles and an idea of what I wanted the finished project and design to be but this yarn had other ideas. It fought me every step of the way to a design which I must admit I love and I’m not so sure I liked the original idea all that well now when I see this one.

Danu

Danu

It took several attempts each time changing a slight design element of them along the way but when I hit on the right elements they virtually flew off the needles in a couple of evenings.

Danu

Danu

All the while I was designing and knitting them I’d been mulling about ideas for names for them, casting aside this one over that one, letting one name sit with them for a few days before discarding it for another. It seemed these were going to be as picky about a name as they were about their design.

Then I hit on it! No it wasn’t a Eureka run about the town naked kind of thing, more a that’s so obvious why didn’t I think of it *facepalm kind of thing

Danu

Danu

Danu

Short, simple and I did play around with variations and adding to it but they just didn’t need anything only the name Danu

Danu was the supposed mother goddess of the Tuatha Dé Danann the Celtic tribes that first invaded Ireland. She was the according to legend the source of the Tuatha Dé Danann and they in turn were named after her. Being the possible first of their goddesses her name seemed quite fitting for my first designed pair of fingerless mittens.

Danu

Danu

These mittens have a ribbed cuff to help it sit in snug to the arm.

Danu

Danu

They have mirrored panels of mini cables set on a background of reverse stockinette that twist and turn their way to the top where they are met by another ribbed edging where they hug the tops of the fingers.

Danu

Danu

Danu

Danu

All things considered they were worth the tussle over design and name and came out the other side much better than even I imagined!

Ruth.

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13 Responses to Danu – finished design

  1. dottyrobins says:

    I love the history behind the name…well done on another unique and fabulous design xx

  2. I think the history behind your process just make your items all the more special. I looked at LILG yarns and they are beautiful. There is a difference in colors from here and I can look at yarns all day here and not have something catch my eye but show me the one I love and 9 times out of 10 it is from across the pond. I may have to order from them as I love their hand painted…..quite a few as a matter of fact! They don’t have a conversion to $ though but maybe Paypal does because they do ship to the U.S. they said. I don’t understand since Obama and Cameron are such buddies why don’t we have more products over here? Do you guys have U.S. products there? Everything we buy here is made in China! I try to buy U.S. as much as possible but so little is made here anymore that it is difficult except on Etsy. It’s getting better but like I love the roses and patterns and colors you have but we have none of that here. A little Cath Kidson but that’s all and magazines like Molly Makes are hard to get although now you can get them on your tablet so it’s not so expensive. Anyway, I digress, but I’m thinking maybe this pattern would be a good start for me….I love the cables being smaller. I’ve seen some where they are too big IMHO.
    I love yours as they are more in scale and delicate. I’m excited now!

  3. Renee Anne says:

    Perfecto 🙂 And we all know I could use more fingerless mitts.

  4. soknitsome says:

    These are lovely. I like the way the cables change size.

  5. Jackie says:

    These are gorgeous! Love the delicate cable!

    Will you be selling the pattern?

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  7. gracey says:

    So I am going to make these…and with Irish yarn! My friend, Deirdre, visits Ireland every couple of years…she is 100% of Irish descent……and she buys me yarn every time she goes back…and I have kept this yarn waiting for the perfect pattern…so I think I’ll use the cream, tweedy one I have….

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