Mina’s Story

Mina Loves is a Knitwear Designer based in Northern Ireland, who specialises in creating modern contemporary designs for beginner and improver knitters. Her mission is to create patterns that appeal to all levels of knitters. Designs that have interesting stitch patterns but simple construction that even beginner knitters will want to try towards learning new skills and techniques.

Why Mina?

Gill’s paternal grandfather passed away just before she was born. Her grandmother wanted her named after him as she was the first grand-daughter (his only daughter died when she was about five) but it just didn’t happen. Over the last few years the name Whilomenia has got popular again through the whole Gothic/Dracula revival. So in honour of the grandfather Gill never knew she thought it would a nice personal touch to name the blog Mina. The Loves part really reflects the fact that Gill’s blog is about all the things she loves in life.

Who is Gill?

Gill is a knitting addict…

If Gill was able to knit day and night she would! And she really does mean that! Gill loves knitting! But is more than a hobby for her. It is a way of life. Gill has been knitting since she was about 4 years old, after her mum showed her how to make a garter scarf. But it was only after an illness in 2008 did Gill really become obsessed with knitting. These days Gill has her knitting with her everywhere she goes…and sometimes multiple projects too! The sign of a true knitter! lol

Gill has a passion for colour and an eye for detail…

Gill has always had a passion for colour and some people would say a talent for choosing the right colour combinations. She is often asked by her knitting friends for advice on selecting yarn colours for knitting projects, what work best and what don’t. It is a skill that she is known for…especially recognising yarns without ball bands! Gill also has an eye for detail or so people tell her, including her photograph tutor. But she thinks she has developed this skill through her many roles in the NHS in data management and quality improvement.

Gill creates awesome FOs (Finished Objects)…

Or so she is told by her family and friends. Gill likes to knit modern and contemporary designs. She tends to choose patterns that fit this style although sometimes its fun for her to make something outside the box and give it a modern twist using colour. Gill has a tendency to adapt patterns, whether it be adding a picot cast off (that seems to be her signature these days) or changing the construction slightly, there is always a way she finds to make the project unique. Perhaps one of the reasons Gill started to create her own designs in the first place.

Some of Gill’s FO’s are linked below…







Mina’s Mission is to get more people involved in crafts….any craft…but perhaps knitting the most! Let Mina Loves inspire you! Le the projects and topics you read about on the website tempt you to pick up your knitting needles, your scissors, your glue or whatever takes your fancy!

Gill’s blog will have regular posts such as Tutorial Tuesday, Friday FO or Stash Sunday, and many more as we go on this crafting journey together. In between posts you can catch me on twitter, facebook, instagram, pinterest and of course ravelry.

A few of Gill’s favourite pinterest boards are linked below…


On a Personal Note…

Gill just thought she would share something a little personal here too. She has suffered from panic attacks for many years now. Some people view this as a terrible weakness….but it never stops her from being fabulous! Though sometimes it just leaves her really tired, especially at times when she is feeling overwhelmed and stressed.

“Properly practised, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either” Elizabeth Zimmerman

The panic attacks started back in 2008 after Gill was ill for a while. She caught a virus over the Christmas holidays that left her exhausted and she lost an awful lot of weight very quickly. This continued into part of 2009 and it took time for Gill to get her body back to good health. It was at this time Gill’s eyes were opened to the world of holistic therapies. She had weekly reflexology treatments which really helped her relax and let her body heal. It was through personally experiencing the benefits of these treatments that she decided to go on to train in reflexology. Gill got her diploma in 2010 and since then she has also trained in Reiki, Crystal Therapy and EFT.

Gill think the skills she has gained in holistic therapies sit very nicely with her passion for crafting. Knitting is fast becoming the new yoga. In light of this she has created a bespoke ‘Knitting as Therapy‘ workshop that she will be launching shortly. Gill is excited about the opportunities this might lead to so watch this space for dates soon!

In the meantime, Gill hopes you will join her on her crafting adventure xx