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.
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.
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.
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
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.
These mittens have a ribbed cuff to help it sit in snug to the arm.
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.
All things considered they were worth the tussle over design and name and came out the other side much better than even I imagined!