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Many years ago, my good friend Paula directed a student production of The Rover at the University of Denver. I was enchanted by the idea of Aphra Behn, the playwright. Reputed to be the first woman to earn a living as an author, her work was performed during the Restoration (during the reign of Charles II from 1660 to 1685). Her storied life included widowhood and spying along with her plays - not surprising that she would be an intriguing figure for the young me.

This cowl is designed for the hipster Restoration playwright: a little retro in design (in the 1600s at least) giving the wearer the warmth of a cravat with a feminine softness. Yeah, I think she would have totally gone for this little gem of an accessory.

Just as Aphra would, toss on this little neck-warmer to run out to the farmer's market and pick up a lovely croissant before you scurry back to your writing.

Hard copies of this pattern are available at Sew Steamboat in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. You may also pu

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