About Mirth

I’m glad you’ve come to my little playroom called “Mirth.” I hope that it’s obvious why I named it so. This is what gives me joy—a quiet, grinning contentment based on pure delight. Think of it as mentally skipping through a field of daisies. Yes, I know it’s corny, but just play along with me.

I love both the crafts of knitting and crocheting equally. I first learned to crochet in the 60’s from my granny, who was second only to my mother in importance in my life. These two women literally made me what I am today. I owe more than I can say to my grandmother, who had the patience to sit me down and put a crochet hook and yarn in my hands and teach me the basic stitches. Actually she had loads of patience with me in a host of ways—I was an exasperating and precocious child. I went on from there to discover embroidery and then cross stitching, smocking, crewel work, and then knitting. I learned to knit in a college class that I took during my senior year of undergraduate work. Having married a year before, I was pregnant with the first of my three daughters within four months of being graduated, so one of my first finished items was a lace baby blanket for my first born knit with fingering weight yarn. That was after a couple of strangely-shaped sweaters for my mom and my baby sister, of course. Don’t we always experiment on the ones we love? I went on to make many little sweaters for my daughters and to crochet a bunch of intricate doilies with cotton thread and the obligatory chevron stitch afghan before returning to the university to attain my Master’s to become a high school English teacher. That’s when the needles and hooks were put away—for ten long years.

In 2001 I reconnected with a high school friend who now is my sweet husband. I taught my last year during the first year of our marriage but then had no clue what I wanted to do instead. While I was pondering the matter, I got my knitting back out. Fred saw what I was doing and said, “Well, this is what you should do.” Then we set about trying to figure out how I could make a living doing it. We’re still figuring that out, so stay tuned.

I have another line of wholesale and retail knitting patterns called Figheadh Yarnworks (Figheadh means knitting in Gaelic), and I have had many designs published in major knitting and crochet magazines and in others' books. I have even written a chapter on blocking for a finishing book. With Mirth my aim is to design for both crochet and knitting equally and to publish patterns accessible to anyone using various forms of technology. With this pattern line I also hope to enjoy the freedom to design whatever I want  with yarn of my choosing and on my own timetable and whim.

I hope that you like what you see and that you’ll come back again and again. I’m experimenting here, so you never know what will happen!