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Mar212012

rising in the east

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! 

CR 

 

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Reader Comments (5)

I heard rumors of snow in Portland yesterday that made me blanch in terror. Did you get some of that in Seattle? That angora looks super yummy, especially the red-and-purple one.

Mar 22, 2012 at 2:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterHuelo

The headwrap is super cute... I'd love to see a pattern up!

Mar 23, 2012 at 5:00 AM | Unregistered CommenterShawn

Love the fun floppy look!

Mar 23, 2012 at 2:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterKim

OOh yes please - too cute and perfect for our Pacific NW Easter!!

Mar 23, 2012 at 4:07 PM | Unregistered Commentermeppybn

Hi there
I work for the Canadian distributorship for Skacel and Addi and I just wanted to point out one tiny error in the pattern. Row 24 should be listed as Row 25, a slip of the finger on the keyboard, really LOL.

I am working on it as a sample in color 50 (lime green of Angora Fashion twist) for Denis's sales kit and I knew exactly what it should say but I can hear some knitters say that they can not get the pattern to work as it is written. This is great that you are writting about the yarns as I was going to try to blog about it on my wordpress account,{needlesoffury} but I could never find the time to keep it up with the sample knitting I do amongst other things here in the warehouse/office. I hope to meet you at the Representative meeting this summer.
Take care and Happy Knitting
Kate
Ravelry: YVR42
Twitter: AddiKateknits
Facebook: Wool and Wicker Sales Ltd

Apr 5, 2012 at 3:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterKate Young

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