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Mystery + Manners

Knitty, First Fall 2010
Knitting
July 2010
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches in Stranded colourwork pattern
US 1 - 2.25 mm
8" hand circumference
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Fancy colourwork mittens featuring a peacock and peacock-feather motif.

The moment I placed these two colourways together I knew they were destined for a peacock pattern. The yarn is bright and vivid, and it seems to subtly change with variations in lighting, like the iridescence of peacock feathers.

Peacocks in turn remind me of Flannery O’Connor, who returned to the image of the peacock repeatedly. The title comes from the name of a collection of her essays, among which is “King of Birds,” her famous account of raising peacocks.