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.