FO: The Road Trip Hat

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen in my Instagram stories that I shared our road trip for Thanksgiving. My husband and I packed up Cher and Jellybean and drove from Maryland to Memphis, Tennessee. Are we crazy? Perhaps.
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On the way there we broke it up a bit stopping after 12 hours in Nashville for the night. The next morning we hit the road to Memphis.
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Cher loves car rides and her cushy seat in the car. Jellybean does not. So on the way home I ended up holding her for about 4 hours since we did a straight drive home. It ended up taking up a little over 16 hours to get back because of traffic but we survived.
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While I was on the road I decided I’d make a hat for my cousin Amelia that she asked for last year. It’s a pattern I’ve made a million times before,Dreiecke by Shannon Cook. I started it that morning…
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And before I crashed for the night at the hotel I had reached the point of making decreases. In the morning we weren’t in a rush and my husband had a little work to do so after we walked the dogs and had breakfast I finished it off before we headed to Memphis.
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The yarn is Lion Brand Heartland in Joshua Tree, a pretty olive green and it also has a Lion Brand pom pom I picked up from Amazon last year – note if you search for them on their site they have some fun colors and on clearance too! As for the trip with the dogs…
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I already know Jellybean is slow to adapt to new environments and change so there was a lot of Bean holding. I also brought my little sling sack I carry her in and she would happily slide in and take a nap or just quietly observe hanging from my back. She’d be so quiet you’d almost forget she was in there until she started to wiggle around or readjust.
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And Cher, as long as she has a blanket and someone to rub her belly when she rolls over she’ll go wherever we go.  She’s such a trooper. And since I finished the hat so quickly I was able to start my next project!
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My husband’s sweater is now almost to the point of separating for sleeves! But more on that later. Did you have a good Thanksgiving?

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FO: Super Bulky B&W Hat

Super bulky hat
Perhaps I was inspired by GG Made It and her super bulky knits. Perhaps I just wanted a quick hat. The other night in about 2 hours I whipped up the Slouchy Pom Hat, a free Ravelry pattern with some super bulky Lion Brand yarn I bought by accident – I thought it was chunky weight and turns out it was super bulky. Oops! {Side note: I do have a spot of lipstick on my tooth in the above pic…I was not retaking a photo just for a tiny smudge. Hey, this is real life, folks.}
Super bulky hat
I didn’t even care to swatch this one, I just pulled out my size 13’s and knit this up during an episode of the Biggest Loser. I think it needs a huge pompom on top in a contrasting color but I have cleaned up my knitting supplies so much I don’t know where I put my pompom maker! So eventually, that will be added. It was pretty satisfying knitting up something in just a couple of hours…I see more bulky knits in my future.

Also, I’m feeling a knitting slow down in my future. I’ve got 1 sleeve left on the sweater I gave a sneak peek of the other day and that will be my 5th sweater this year – so I think I can slow down a bit. I had hopes to whip up a sweater for my cousin before I visit her in a couple of weeks but I don’t know if I’ll get to it and that’s okay – she’s just happy I’m coming to visit! So my next focus might be on a vest for my mom and myself. I just got the yarn last week and I’m excited to work on something a little bit more complex and new to me but will probably slow me and my speedy needles down just a bit.

Any big knit patterns I should know about? Share!