First up: # 09 Eyelet Cap by Cathy Carron. I swatched for this hat a good month ago, and finally cast on last week. It's cast-on from the top, and at first I was trying to be all tricksy and use a provisional cast-on so I could zip up the first 12 stitches later, but when it proved to be messy and ugly, I ripped out my first attempt and cast on the way the pattern recommended. And guess what? It looks fine. The hat is full of eyelets, so the slightly bigger eyelet in the middle looks right at home.
I've been bad. This is my walking-around knitting right now, and I've been so preoccupied with just getting it done that I haven't tried it on yet. I like the color, though, and the yarn is lovely to work with. It sucks light big-time, I think because it's a brown yarn that's been overdyed dark red. It's also a little bit thick-and-thin and has a light halo that's more toned-down than mohair and more intense than cashmere.
My one complaint for this project? The needles I'm using are too damn blunt. The eyelet rows were freakin' painful. Sometimes I think about buying a whole mess of 16" Addi Turbo Lace needles just to make hats. Skacel makes them, but not all stores stock them. Although I've been using my old Addi Turbos with the regular tips for the hats I've been making lately, some of them have a lot of stitch manipulation that would be loads easier with a lace tip.
I've also been doing some hatstorming (hahah, see what I did there?) about my next Hat Challenge project. Methinks it will involve Tosh Merino Light... hm-hmmm....