Time is a great healer though and as I have woven my life I have grown to love my name. Its mispronunciation Pen-ee-lope (that's lope as rhymes with rope) no longer rattles me. In fact it makes perfect sense. If I didn't know otherwise I would pronounce it that way too. Phonetically its correct.
So where does the name Penelope come from. In Homer's epic legend of the Odyssey Penelope was the faithful, patient and wily wife of Odysseus. When Odysseus went to fight in the Trojan war, Penelope waited patiently for him to return. So patiently she waited twenty years. Whilst Penelope was convinced Odysseus would return others believed him dead. Being the wife of a king Penelope was highly valued and many potential suitors came forward with proposals of marriage. To delay her suitors Penelope devised a cunning plan. She agreed to choose a suitor once she had completed weaving a funeral robe for her father-in-law. Every night for three years Penelope unravelled the part of the shroud she had woven that day. This is the famous Penelope's web which is used as a proverbial expression for anything which is perpetually doing but never done. I think a few of my knitting projects could be described thus.