Exhibit A: A hat for Madeline, knit in Noro Silk Garden. The pattern is Odessa, and this hat has had it out for me from the beginning. The pattern is not difficult nor were the individual stitches unfamiliar, yet I ended up having to start the entire hat over three or four times before the spiral pattern started to work for me. The pattern is for an adult-sized hat, and I was adapting it to fit my smallish child, so I figured that one ball of yarn would do the trick. She wore the hat on our holiday, and it wasn't stretchy enough to cover her ears and frankly, it sat rather awkwardly on her head. This adorable little rainbow-y hat was spiteful to the end! I put it in it's place when we returned to BKK and frogged the thing.
Exhibit B: A bunny hat, knit in a semi-novelty acrylic from Sirdar (hey, it's soft and washable). I've wanted to knit this pattern since my copy of Itty Bitty Knits arrived in the mail (honestly, this book has been a brilliant investment - I've made three other hats from it). This one came together very quickly, and the only part that I am not happy with are the stitches between the ears. They seem really loose. I was worried that it would be kind of annoying to knit a yarn with little pokey bits on it, but it wasn't a problem at all. This hat was a gift for two month-old girl in a holiday exchange that I was involved in. Sadly, I didn't finish the hat until after Christmas, but I mailed it off as soon as I could. Shipping to New York was only 60 baht, or about two dollars.