The magical hat, designed and knit with yarn I spun myself, came out great:
Soft and warm. Stays on without hugging my hair into a lump. Zero itch factor. I call it a success, even when accompanied by the neck brace-esque matching cowl.
Here is the hat in action during the test:
You may (or may not) notice that this is not the usual skyline one might expect as a backdrop for a girl who lives in Toronto. Here is another skyline picture:
You probably can't read the biggest clue there, so I'll give you a closeup:
I got on a plane.
Which is a big deal because it meant addressing a crippling fear of ever getting on one ever again. I've been working really hard since September to make that happen... and even though I was holding a magical hat during the takeoffs and landings I found I have more work to do.
For now though, let's just celebrate the fact that knitting is a wonderful and very powerful thing, and have a great weekend!