The vernal equinox is behind us which means we're officially done with WINTER. While knitters tend to be loath to give up their fireside mugs of cocoa, many of us thrill at the fresh inspiration that spring brings. I just returned from a trip back east for the Yarn Market News Smart Business Conference. This conference is put on by the lovely people at Soho Publishing, the same team responsible for Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, and a trade only publication called Yarn Market News. I rely on this magazine for insight into what is happening in the industry, the same way I rely on their other magazines for inspiration.
The conference was no different! I spent two days talking to shop owners and other industry folks, brainstorming ways to help keep our customers, fellow fiberlovers, happy. The rest of the time was spent traipsing through Boston, enjoying the unusually warm temperatures and the beauty of the historic Back Bay.
Back home in Seattle we have a few more months of frozen fog, but spring IS creeping in! There are trees in bloom everywhere, and my morning commute now looks a lot like Schulana Angora Fashion Color Twist. Underneath a fuzzy angora halo, this 2-ply marl has a strand of soft heather grey and a strand of variagted lilac.
I couldn't help but cast on for a floppy little headband that is somewhere between pin-up girl and lop-eared hare! I keep seeing 1940s turban style headbands on the runways and the streets and I started craving something that would cover my ears and capture the ethereal quality of these midseason days.
It's really just a strip of garter stitch with cabled edges and tapered points, a glorified swatch, but let me know if you'd like the pattern!