Zoom! There's nothing like a spot of instant gratification in the middle of a long-slog-knit!
This is the Medici hat by Woolly Wormhead from her book Twisted Woolly Toppers, for my mother's Christmas.
It took two 50g balls of Rowan Cashsoft Aran: there were just a few yards leftover at the end. I used my Daisy dpns in size 4.5mm and the gauge is just right.
However, I found I had some slight "laddering" at the needle changes, as it was hard to maintain an even tension with this yarn / needle combination.
Maybe using 5 needles would have helped - I only had 4 and I was in danger of losing stitches at either end of the needle at the widest part of this hat. Some gentle blocking should sort it out.
Lovely pattern, lovely colour, it should be soft enough for my itchy mother, and it is definitely warm! I am tempted to keep it for myself, but that is my problem with Christmas in general!
Onwards, onwards - hat number two beckons!