Thank you to everyone who has favourited it or commented on these mittens on Ravelry. Thank you to Pinneguri for nominating the mittens for the Bobbys 2007 in the category of Most Colorful Project, I don’t think they’ll win, but I’m extremely honoured that they’re nominated to be among the technicolor rainbow.
Thank you to all the people that have looked, commented and favourited this photo on Flickr, it’s now by far my most popular photo. I’m honoured that it’s not only knitters, but regular photographical folk who have given this bunnie props. Thank you to all the Montreal knitters who have ooooed and aaawwed and helped with the colour changes on these mittens.
I feel humbled if they have in any way inspired other people’s knitting. I am especially humbled by all the people from Nordic countries who have paid enough attention to them to favourite/comment. Not being a big researcher and not living with the traditions, I co-opted a traditional pattern, technique to use with my own possibly non-traditional aesthetic. So it’s like my cavalier attitude to colour/pattern usage is somehow validated by being favourited by someone in Finland.
I suppose it doesn’t make sense for me to feel like I’ve somehow bastardised a tradition just by changing colours & adding more, but I can be all crazy like that. The same kind of crazy that chooses to spend a day each mitten to weave in a bazillion ends instead of having non-precise, hand felted colour changes. But that’s just how I roll.
And most of all, I’d like to thank Marcia for inspiring these mittens. Without that simple phrase ‘autumnal colours’ these mittens would never have been cast on.