I read somewhere early on in my hat adventures - probably in Knitter's Almanac? - that Elizabeth Zimmerman said she designs by doing and if she tries to write a pattern down beforehand it doesn't work.
Last night I realized something very exciting:
I am not Elizabeth Zimmerman.
So I grabbed my pattern notebook and a pen and a finished hat for measuring purposes and wrote down most of a pattern that I want to make out of my beautiful sea-coloured Araucania yarn. And I'm going to type it up later today so the drudge work is finished before the fun part begins, not unlike working through dinner instead of eating dessert first, something I've been known to do when nobody's looking, and which I have been known to regret (but keep doing anyway.)
I'll keep you posted.