These mittens are designed 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.
The back of the mittens features a clouds of rising butterflies, from the distant squall of yellow specks up t the fully fledged butterflies as the butterfly form becomes more and more apparent. The palms of the mittens feature a lattice pattern, on top of which, on the right hand mitten, is a large, detailed butterfly.
In the story Meme takes a lover, a mechanic, in an act of defiance. Her lover is always surrounded by a cloud of yellow butterflies. her lover is injured in a fall when secretly visiting Meme, and from then she becomes the one who is surrounded by the yellow cloud. As her lover is ill the butterflies begin to die, and she knows of the death of her lover when the final butterfly drops away. In the palm of these mittens is that last butterfly, a reminded to hold on