Why "Truly Myrtle"?
I used the name Truly Myrtle to sell a few handmade dolls a few years before my blog began. It was pretty much plucked from the air - I love the word "truly" and myrtle just seemed to fit. When I came to name my blog I simply couldn't think of anything else!
A few years of blogging passed and Mr Myrtle gave me a beautiful print including a myrtle flower and I discovered that myrtle is a symbol of love - I was delighted!
I am truly in love with knitting & yarn and the fibre community and "Truly Myrtle" is perfect.
welcome to truly myrtle
I'm Libby, a knitting pattern designer living in beautiful New Zealand with my husband & our four kids.
truly myrtle knitting patterns
I love to design garments & accessories that are feminine without being fussy, flattering & easy to wear. As a mum I understand that life is full of interruptions so my patterns are full of fun techniques that are simple to learn and they're written clearly so they're easy to follow. I include both written instructions & charts where possible and lots of links to tutorials.
I've been making things my whole life
I learnt to knit and sew at a young age, making many of my own clothes through my teens and early twenties. I helped pay for my law & art history degrees with a little handmade business called "lib's pjs" making and selling pj sets and boxer sets to my fellow students.
Through my mid to late twenties I was caught up with my corporate job and travelling and didn't pick up my needles or get out my sewing machine for a few years. I can't imagine what I did with my spare time?! I finally reached for my knitting again when I became pregnant with our first baby and I haven't put it down for 15 years :)
a passion for knitting
In 2010 with my fourth baby tucked up in a sling I ventured down to London and had an amazing day at the yarn festival "Knit Nation". That day truly changed my life. I traveled home to Cambridge and announced to my husband that there would be no more babies. From now on "I was knitting". A couple of years later my Truly Myrtle blog was born.
Now, I live in rural New Zealand with my husband, our teenage son, his three younger sisters, our dog and menagerie of farm animals. I knit every day, sew most of my own clothes, do a heap of cooking and make things as much as I can.
I'm passionate about supporting and celebrating handmade and homemade and enjoy making my own clothes. Often my patterns are designed with a whole handmade outfit in mind and nothing pleases me more that a photo shoot full of handmade clothes!
Do say "hi!", I love a good chat!
I enjoy instagram and you can find me there most days. Through blogging I discovered delight in writing and you can read all my bits and pieces about knitting, sewing & handmade wardrobes here on my blog and also in my monthly "mini-mag".
If you're on Ravelry pop in to the Truly Myrtle group. It's a friendly, lively group and we'd love to see you there.