I’m Mira, a Kiwi pattern designer. No, that doesn’t mean I’m a fruit, it means that I call New Zealand home.

I’ve always had a creative outlet as a part of my life.  Whether it was writing, cross stitch, crochet or knitting, I’ve always been drawn to create things for relaxation and enjoyment.

A few years ago, my husband and I moved overseas and I taught myself to crochet.  This was wonderful, not only because I enjoyed it, but because it helped me connect to an amazing group of crafters and make some really good friends.

Upon returning home to New Zealand, a friend of mine encouraged me to take up knitting as well.  I wasn’t sure, but she persuaded me to give it a go.  What a wise woman she is!  Although I discovered fibre crafts through crochet, knitting quickly became a serious hobby and a major part of my life.

I particularly love making shawls and wraps – I love the beautiful handmade accessories that come from knitting.  The drape of knitted fabric really appealed to me.  And playing with colour is always fun!

I started designing mostly by accident.  I had an idea for a shawl I wanted to make.  I hunted and hunted for a pattern like what I had in mind … and I couldn’t find one.  So Midwinter Sky, my very first pattern, was born.  In the process of creating it, I ended up having some other ideas that turned into my second pattern.  And, before I knew it, inspiration for a third pattern struck.

From these humble beginnings, Cetus Knits was born.  It’s still early days and I have no idea where this journey may take me, but I’m excited to see what lies ahead.

Curious about where the name Cetus Knits came from?  I’m named after a star, Mira.  It’s in the constellation Cetus.  You might also notice that all of my pattern names are also sky- or astronomy-themed.