My Ireland, a Celtic Cape knit along.

Just about a year ago now, I received an invitation to join a group on called 'Ryans Eejits and those that fit in' ..... I accepted the invitation and found a family.

Then last fall, Meagheen (hereafter called Meggie!), asked who among us might be interested in knitting a Celtic cape. I think she might have been overwhelmed by the resounding response she got!

There are now over 100 of us around the world knitting the Story of Meggie's Ireland. Not all of us have Irish in our backgrounds but we all love Ireland's legacy of Celtic knots.

This blog will be my journal of that journey - My Ireland. As I knit my cape, I will post pictures of the patterns Meggie has designed and tell the stories behind those patterns - the story of an Irish lass and her family and the country they come from.

For myself, my paternal blood-grandmother was Irish - I'm told she had red hair and green eyes. I've never seen a picture of her, don't even know her name because of family dynamics but somehow some part of that Irish blood lives in me.

Eventually, the pattern for the cape will be available for sale. When that happens, all proceeds from sale will benefit yet another charity. Each pattern Meggie puts up for sale has a designated charity which receives the proceeds from all sales of that pattern.

To see more of this incredible artist's work, please check out Meagheen's Ravelry Store on

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Other Celtic Journeys.......

Not all of those knitting this cape will be doing online journals. However, some will be. I have listed those who are sharing this journey by journaling online in the side bar.

If you want to read the story of how this cape came to be, then you'll want to read 'A Year of Meaning, History and Thought'. This journals the thoughts and feelings of the designer, Meagheen Ryan. Born in Ireland, educated in the United States, Meggie's own story is as fascinating as the story of her family. It is, however, her story to tell.

My yarn is not here yet, and we've already gotten all the parts of the hood pattern as well as the pattern for the socks. I'm getting antsy waiting for my yarn to arrive!