In other news, I haven't touched my sewing machine in two weeks. But I'm not in a sewing funk, nor have I misplaced my sewjo. In fact, I have three projects in various stages of ready-to-sew (mathilde blouse, moss skirt, jumbo cord a-line skirt).
The reason for the no-sew, is simple: Mr P&N and I are stuck in Netflix. Currently we're watching House of Cards and Spiral, and they're both so gripping - it's impossible to want to do anything else of an evening.
But, while I can't sew while engrossed in TV, I can knit! So I made a hat!
I used the Bailey pattern by Jane Richmond and one skein of Malabrigo Worsted in Paris Night.
The pattern itself is well drafted, and pretty straightforward. There are options for a slouchier or fitted version. I went for the latter partly because I grew impatient, and wanted to wear it! (I haven't blocked it yet).
It basically uses a bramble stitch (also known as a trinity stitch, or raspberry stitch), which is very easy to remember (perfect if you can't tear your eyes away from the screen!).
I love a snuggly, warm hat, and Malabrigo worsted yarn certainly delivers! I'm not a big knitter, but it's definitely my go-to yarn for hats and scarves. I did use it for some arm warmers last year, and while they are very cosy, they pill like crazy - I certainly wouldn't use it for a sweater.
The colourway I used for this hat is "Paris Night", and it's a lovely mix of blues, purples and some grey. I do have a fair bit left, and am very tempted to stick a bobble (pom-pom) on top. Or maybe I'll use my various leftover bits of Malabrigo worsted to make a new, stripey hat with bobble. We shall see.
Bailey pattern: £3
Malabrigo yarn: £9 (from the Village Haberdashery)
Not too shabby.
I am hoping to get sewing this weekend. Not tonight, though - I've had a ghastly couple of days at work (the joys of middle management), and I think I deserve much vino.
Have a lovely weekend, and speak soon!