Just in case you’d not realised…

I don’t write knitting patterns at the moment. I’m currently making my way through the world as a Zumba, indoor cycling/spin, and bodyweight training instructor, and a lifestyle coach. My website (mostly for Zumba classes) is www.mirellamoves.com



I still respond to questions about my patterns, but my work days/weeks are long so it can sometimes take me a while to reply. I apologise for any delay.


So, I’m seeing the new year in just how I intend it to continue: alone with my thoughts and hopes, reflecting on all of the ways I am blessed in my life by the people I love, surrounded by the ideas that fuel me and the objects of my industry.

I’ve spent most of the past few years (2013, 2014, and 2015) devoting my time to the pursuit of other people’s happiness and attainments, and I’m glad for them that they achieved those things and proud of my contributions. As I go into 2016, there are things I want to do for myself, and what better way to set out my stall than spend the stroke of midnight focussed on what they are and how I want to go about them?

I decided I didn’t want to be part of someone else’s party tonight; I want to have my own all about myself. Here’s to getting things done in 2016.


New Knitty pattern: Geldys


S’up. Sorry it has been so long. I know I promised all sorts of activity, but when you’re juggling multiple balls things take a lot longer to complete. There are new designs in the pipeline, of this I can assure you. And, as if to prove it, my latest pattern has just been published in the new KnittySpin.


It’s a winter-time tunic sweater, knitted in a heavy worsted-weight handspun from fibres I carded together against everyone else’s better judgement. It’s unbelievably warm and cosy; unfortunately for me, the notorious Michigan winter is yet to arrive so the sample is nestled comfortably on my sweater shelf. I hope for its sake (so magnanimous of me) that snow arrives – and hangs about – soon soon very soon.


The sweater is named after one of my dance teachers, as the story behind it doesn’t stop merely at the fibre blend:

When I first came over to the US in March, I was the most miserable bean on the block. I started taking salsa and bachata lessons at Dance Revolution in Ann Arbor, and met a host of welcoming people with international perspectives who really helped smooth the edges off my time in that town. The person at the heart of Dance Revolution is Laura Geldys. Special is an overused term, but a truer word was ne’er uttered. The atmosphere in her school is entirely down to her gentle soul and understated charisma. Everything good about Dance Revolution is born from her love of dance, music, and the people.


And it was Laura who talked me into moving to Detroit, when I was all ready to head home for good. That’s all anyone really needs to know right now.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGeldys features a shallow scooped neck shaped with short rows, one-piece raglan construction in the round, lots of stockinette, and tubular ribbing at the hem, cuffs, and collar. There’s a small amount of waist shaping, but this oversized garment is designed with layers in mind so there’s plenty of positive ease that renders obsolete a lot of shaping.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALong enough to wear alone with tights if you’re feeling bold, the just-long-enough hemline is perfect with leggings or skinny/slim-legged jeans. I prefer pairing thicker garments like this with chunkier footwear, such as winter boots or Timberlands, and appropriate socks, but it could also work well with some flats or Converse. Either way, it’s a strong casual look for when the chilly winds blow.

Stay warm, and be in touch if you have any questions about this one.

Where it’s at

I know a number of people who read this blog do so because at some point it was a knitting blog! I haven’t forgotten! There have been a lot of events in my life over the past year or so that have disrupted my cosy knitting lifestyle, resulting in a glut of travel posts as I find myself in new places that I can’t help but share with everyone… but I’m safely settled in Detroit for the time being and I’ve actually completed some knitting and designing (as if anyone believes me anymore!).

For evidence, check out my new Instagram accountI!


Aye, that’s right. I have hit social media. It’s just a matter of time before I make Facebook…

A single thought of you made me fall in love… again

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I revisited Munich over the summer. Having previously visited nursing a broken leg (that I didn’t realise I’d broken…) with a huge crew of Manchester people, it was interesting to return alone and see it with a renewed sense of freedom and wonder.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA When I say “alone”, I lie. My mum came with me and we spent a couple of days together exploring the old city, with its markets and towers and cobblestone streets and unrelenting crowds. We ate our way through Turkish markets, Chinese grocers, Bavarian bakeries, Italian gelaterias, and relaxed in the English garden beside the river.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMunich, like much of Germany, is a captivating and sometimes confusing juxtaposition of old and new. Within a few hours of the city is Neuschwanstein, the fairytale castle in the mountains, one of Bavaria’s busiest tourist attractions. No, it doesn’t seem real even up close.


As much as people might complain about scrawling on walls at touristic monuments, I was completely in love with the temporal record it creates. At one building, there was an empty guestbook beside the lift entrance, while the lift tower itself was almost entirely covered with biro scribbles! I found out a lot about who loved whom in ’95.



My love of cities most certainly extends to the myriad ways we choose to adorn them, and I’m grateful for being brought up to appreciate graffiti as a legitimate way to decorate walls (thanks, 80s and 90s Amsterdam!) as well as the increasing acceptance of it as a genuine art form. Long may we continue to extend our creativity onto our built environment.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALively, eclectic, accepting, creative, and beautiful: I definitely left a part of my heart beside the Isar…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALook out, Munich. One day I’ll be back again to reclaim it.