There have been some setbacks: this was a complete hat, which looked too small--first just too short, then also too narrow (which it wasn't, but the cables pulled it together in a funny way).
So it's a different hat now--and on its way to the recipient.
Unfortunately, I'm officially distracted--I even fixed 2 of the 3 holey socks I'd set aside to work on Someday, in my effort to avoid the last few gifts. (I'm working on the last one--while not gifts, it will be nice to have those socks back.)
And I'm making good progress on the yoke of the purple sweater--I'm following the Elizabeth Zimmermann yoke decreases, which happen when the yoke reaches half of its final height, 2/3 of its final height, and just a smidge short of the final height. I'm ready to do the 2/3 decreases, and I'm not sure if I'll do the last set, since I'd like this to have a wide, scooped neck, not a crew neck. (Which raises the question: do I still need shaping at the back of the neck?) Did I write about the edge finishing yet? I've almost certainly decided on I cord, like on Manu. I'd like to make the same buttonholes, even though that will require another button hunt.
(Imagine a picture of a dark purple blob here, and you'll have a good idea of what the sweater looks like at this point!)