The best thing for me to do when I want to get back into knitting is to knit something small. A little IGK (Instant Gratification Knitting), if you will. And this knitted headband fits the bill perfectly.
At my knitting group's Christmas party, we exchanged knit-related presents. I lucked out and got this cute knitted headband pattern and a skein of Chunky Baby Alpaca by Cascade Yarns. The pattern comes from a local yarn store, but if you search Ravelry, you will see tons of these kind of patterns available.
Of the ones I have seen, I've liked the versions with flowers on them. So I used some purple yarn from my stash to knit some floral embellishments. I like to think they look like purple hydrangeas, but they could very well look like purple brains. Either way, I'm okay with it.
If you're interested, here are the stats:
Pattern: Headband pattern from Unraveled Sheep
Source: Verla Younker
Fabric: Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky in cream (Main)/Lorna's Laces Bullfrogs and Butterflies in Black Pearl (Flowers)
Made for: Moi
Date Started: January 13, 2009
Date Completed: January 18, 2009
Ravelry Link: Click for Ravelry page
The great thing about a knitted headband is that your ears stay warm AND you still have the option of wearing a ponytail. Win-win!