👋 Hi, I’m Ruth!

I live in Westmeath, the very heart of Ireland. In the Midlands, I am surrounded by an area that is rich with lakes, forests, flora, fauna, legends and lore and, for me, a little bit of magic. I love the area, and, having grown up here, never moved away and continue to live and work in the area.

I’ve been knitting from the age of 6/7, when it was normal to learn the skill in school. We learned to knit small teddies. Even then, I had an idea of how I wanted my teddy to look, and kept frogging that teddy to get it just the way I wanted it. At the end of the year, I didn’t manage to finish my teddy, and although I was disappointed then, it didn’t deter me from knitting, and spurred me on further to master knitting. I also come from a family of talented knitters, my mother, grandmother and aunts all knit. I watched them manipulate stitches to twist and turn the way they wanted them, to show off cables. I saw them combine different stitches to create spans of texture in smooth plains of stockinette, and it fascinated me. Those early learning years opened up avenues to my creative mind that I’ve been exploring ever since.

Over the years, my love of lace and cables developed further, along with clean, simple lines. I love items in my wardrobe that are timeless, pieces you can take out, and wear time and again, and which never date. I never lost the desire to create pieces just the way I envisioned them, from those very early “teddy making” days. Each hand-knit item in my wardrobe, though, also has a memory and a story, from when it was made, so the wearing of each piece is always like greeting an old friend.

Empty needles with cakes of yarn are like an open book of possibility to me; it can become anything I wish it to become.

Every time I open a pattern, it’s like opening the book to creative imagination. From the first chapter of yarn colour and fibre choice, right through to the epilogue of my finished item, I can create the story of my piece in yarn. And like all good stories, creating each knitted piece for me becomes a relaxing escape into a world full of what if.

 

I live in Westmeath, the very heart of Ireland. In the Midlands, I am surrounded by an area that is rich with lakes, forests, flora, fauna, legends and lore and, for me, a little bit of magic. I love the area, and, having grown up here, never moved away and continue to live and work in the area.

I’ve been knitting from the age of 6/7, when it was normal to learn the skill in school. We learned to knit small teddies. Even then, I had an idea of how I wanted my teddy to look, and kept frogging that teddy to get it just the way I wanted it. At the end of the year, I didn’t manage to finish my teddy, and although I was disappointed then, it didn’t deter me from knitting, and spurred me on further to master knitting. I also come from a family of talented knitters, my mother, grandmother and aunts all knit. I watched them manipulate stitches to twist and turn the way they wanted them, to show off cables. I saw them combine different stitches to create spans of texture in smooth plains of stockinette, and it fascinated me. Those early learning years opened up avenues to my creative mind that I’ve been exploring ever since.

Over the years, my love of lace and cables developed further, along with clean, simple lines. I love items in my wardrobe that are timeless, pieces you can take out, and wear time and again, and which never date. I never lost the desire to create pieces just the way I envisioned them, from those very early “teddy making” days. Each hand-knit item in my wardrobe, though, also has a memory and a story, from when it was made, so the wearing of each piece is always like greeting an old friend.

Empty needles with cakes of yarn are like an open book of possibility to me; it can become anything I wish it to become.

Every time I open a pattern, it’s like opening the book to creative imagination. From the first chapter of yarn colour and fibre choice, right through to the epilogue of my finished item, I can create the story of my piece in yarn. And like all good stories, creating each knitted piece for me becomes a relaxing escape into a world full of what if.