Okay well, not just yet! But I just had my first published pattern in a real live tangible magazine! My Tír na nÓg shawl pattern became available last week in Knit Now magazine. So now I can add knitwear designer extraordinaire to my title.
The shawl design is inspired by old Irish myths and legends, the tales of Fionn Mac Cumhaill and the the Fianna. In Irish folk lore, Tír na nÓg is best known for the tale of Niamh Cinn Ór and Oisín, the son of the warrior Fionn Mac Cumhaill. In the legend, Oisín and Niamh of Tír na nÓg fall in love. She brings him across the sea to Tír na nÓg on a magical white horse that can travel over water. After spending three years in the land of eternal youth, Oisín becomes homesick and wishes to return to Ireland. Niamh reluctantly allows him return across the sea on her magical horse, but forewarns him never to touch the Irish soil. When he returns, he finds that in reality three hundred years have passed in Ireland. While helping some men, move a rock, Oisín falls from the horse and instantly transforms into an ancient man. He wanders around Ireland for years and eventually encounters St. Patrick and tells him his tale. He dies without ever returning to Tír na nÓg.
The shawl was knit with Titus yarn from baa ram ewe in Eccup and Bramley Baths. Titus is a four-ply yarn composed of fifty per cent Wensleydale, twenty per cent Bluefaced Leicester and thirty percent Alpaca, manufacture in Yorkshire in the UK and inspired by the local landscape.