Flutter Butterfly mittens


These are Mimi Hill’s Flutter Butterfly mittens, knitted in Mimi’s own dyed fingering weight yarn. My only modification was to shorten the mitten some and that resulted in a less rounded top than the pattern provides. Hill’s pattern is available at her blog and via Ravelry. Her Rav name is Eskimimi.

Hill says she designed the mittens “to echo the recurring motif of a cloud of yellow butterflies surrounding the character of Meme and her lover in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s book One Hundred Years of Solitude.”  I am not familiar with the book, but I do know something of butterflies. The back of the mittens begin near the cuff with nothing but flecks meant to evoke a cloud of butterflies seen from a distance. As the butterflies ascend to the tips of the mittens, what they are becomes more and more clear.  The palms of the mitten are nicely latticed. But best of all, open your right hand and on the palm is a big beautiful butterfly.

I was a tad concerned about whether my rusty colorwork skills would stand up to this pattern. It worked out just fine. Well, there is a rather prominent mistake that I didn’t notice until I was several rows beyond it. I ripped back, only to make the same mistake again so I figured it was meant to be. It’s near the cuff on the palm side with the butterfly–so I figure that beautiful butterfly is such a distraction that my mistake can be forgiven.


Rainbow Neckerchief

This pattern is Eskimimi a/k/a Mimi Hill’s Simple City scarf. Simple it is, with miles of garter stitch. It’s a great pattern to work at times when distractions swirl. If you get bored, just keep that cool ruffle in mind to keep you going.

This is my first knit in Zauberball by Schoppel-Woole. A fun yarn. No knots. A bit thick and thin here and there, but nothing that proved very noticeable. One ball is enough. Before you start, rewind the ball into two balls of equal weight. I weighed mine on a digital postal scale to be sure. You alternate balls every two rows to achieve the striping.

It turned out, well, a tad gaudy. Is there such a thing as a “tad” gaudy?  OK.  It’s gaudy.  I don’t think I chose wisely on the colorway. But it looked so cool all rolled up in that ball. I should have known that with most variegated yarn less is more. It certainly kept me feeling cheerful while I knit it, though. Maybe it will have that same effect when I wear it.

My mannequin head thinks it’s cool she’s finally got a scarf that matches her stuffing.