About a year ago, when I first started designing knits for publication, I thought about what to name my patterns. Up until this time I had titled them simply as cardigan with three-quarter sleeves.. and I knew this wouldn't do. Then it came to me and I named the first for my mother, Marlene. This felt right. The work is quite personal for me after all, and a family affair with daughter Juliet as top model. I continued this naming convention with each new design that followed, tapping my maternal family tree – a project researched initially by great aunt Hilda, an MIT librarian in her day.
Here's my first set of designs, in chronological order by namesake.
great great grandmother, Johanna
great grandmother, Martha,
great great aunt, Louise,
great great aunt, Augusta - aka Gussie
great great aunt, Florence - aka Flossie
great great aunt, Emma
great great aunt, Harriet - aka Hattie
great great aunt, Dorothy
great aunt, Hilda
and finally mum, Marlene
Oh how they would have enjoyed this work.
I'm on to dad's family now and when I look at my pattern list on Ravelry I feel surrounded by kindred spirits – like a group hug :).