Errm...fluttering by. I couldn't wait to see how the butterfly mittens from the book Minna found for me, Sata kansanomaista kuviokudinmallia, would work out. So I grabbed the nearest wool, in this case Lorna's Laces "Vera" and some generic black Norwegian wool and cast off, well, on. You know what I mean. The thing about a charted pattern like this one is that it is difficult to put down; after all, each completed round brings you closer to a butterfly! And any knitting that is difficult to put down generally goes very quickly.
Behold the butterflies!
A stripey back with a nearly invisible thumb:
And a Kihnu vits-braid from Folk Knitting in Estonia by Nancy Bush:
This design has tons of possibilities. Minna mentioned doing a pair in lilac and cream. I wanted to think about black butterflies here, but with another pair, I think I'd use handpaint for the butterflies. We like it.
Now. Back to the gauntlets on my Allsorts Mittens from last week. I was very interested in the comments about gauntlets from those of you who live where winter matters. A gauntlet sounds like a very useful thing to have in Novia Scotia, for instance. And here all along I was thinking they were simply some kind of wacky fashion statement! Thanks for the enlightenment!
And, while I'm saying thanks to those who wear gauntlets, let me thank the rest of you dears who left comments regarding my blogging schedule. You are all so kind—thank you for your thoughts! I'm going to go with the majority and blog whenever I can. Thanks for checking on me and the pups! An aggregator like Bloglines or such will keep you in the know and up-to-date. Again, thank you for your very generous comments.
Oh! I have a Secret Pal! This page is for her. You know, I don't think of myself as a secretive or mysterious personality, but I found it difficult to commit myself to hypertext...perhaps I should work up one of those 100 Things about Me, just for the exercise in disclosure.
Our air conditioning quit over the holiday weekend (does it quit any other time?) so the pups and I were pretty grumpy until it was repaired by the emergency repair-guy. Once we had chilled for a while, though, it was time to play again. Mikey entertained his cousins, Dyna and Apple.
What good dogs!
For many of us, it's a return-to-work day. Before I flutter by, I'd like to send positive vibrations to our knitting pals in Japan. Be well, be careful. Let us know what you need.
Cheers! Happy Tuesday!