I’ve used Neighborhood Fiber Company yarns for a long time, they’re pretty much a staple in my finished object. I was introduced to the line at my LYS, Fibre Space, when I first learned how to knit. I loved that they carried a rainbow of colors, big skeins and then I found out it was owned by a Black woman! I’ve been a loyal fan ever since. So when they asked if I wanted to try their new Organic Studio Worsted (this color is Lakeland), I said OF COURSE!
The skeins are 200 yards, 100% organic merino that you can still put in the washer (and then air dry). The color is still just as rich and gorgeous as I’m used to with NFC but the biggest difference to me is how insanely soft but still sturdy the yarn is for a finished object. So when I thought about what I could use this yarn for to show it off, I decided I needed to get a jump start on my cold weather accessories and make the Water Born headband/ear warmer...but then I modified it a little bit.
The pattern gives you three options for knitting one-color brioche and I went with just the simple brioche pattern without any increases or decreases. When I seamed it, I decided I wanted a little bit of a flair in the front, so I used the tail yarn to cinch together the front of the headband and then secured it on the underside. I can wear it in the front or back.
Since my hair is so big, I don’t really wear hats right now. Ear warmers are definitely a winter staple, but I never make them in time and then I’m buying ones when I know I could’ve made myself something nicer. So at least I checked that one off my list.
I know that everyone can’t always splurge on a $32 skein of yarn, or buy a sweater quantity of it, but this is a great option when you want a really amazing hat, headband or even a bandana and you want an organic option. And don’t worry, if you still want the non-organic 400 yard skeins, they’ve go them! It’s nice to have so many options.