Well, there isn't enough Bubble Jet to finish the entire hat. On a quick burrow through my stash, I found Blue Sky Alpaca Merino (which the pattern calls for) in leaf green, cream, and eggplant, and Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky in olive green, any of which would be really nice for the brim/ribbing at the bottom of the hat. I should then have enough handspun to add one more cable repeat to the hat before I begin the decreases. I want to look at the Bubble Jet next to Superchunky in black (to bring out those nice grey tones) and do a more intense dig through the stash before I make up my mind which way to go for the contrast yarn. I think black Superchunky would be great- and I would get the black elastic to knit along the brim to make it nice and snug. I think I am going to forgo the plastic mesh the pattern calls for and just knit the contrast tightly and allow it flop as it desires. The top part of the hat sure was cute before I ripped it, though.
I am going to put it aside for now- this weekend (my weekend is on Sunday and Monday) I want to finish the hot mama poncho for Kuma. I have about 75% of the knitting done, then a little seam, weave in ends, block, et voila! I really enjoy working with the Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora- it's just so soft, but still crisp. This is also a good Southern California yarn- I think this poncho will be a year-round number, good over a turtleneck or long-sleeved tee in the winter, and great with a little skirt on a summer beach night. Also on deck- finessing my design for the easy baby booties. I am working at a beginner baby bootie pattern in a worsted weight, and my challenge is to keep it unisex- I don't want it too Mary-Jane and girly looking- but I also don't want it to look like a Frankenbootie. A few more tweaks (I need to change the sole) and I'll be happy. I should have pictures of both projects finished in the next couple of days. And of course (I swear, there's always one more thing), I'm continuing work on the pink-y binky. GGH Esprit is like a drug- once you try it, it's hard to step away from it's fluffy synthetic goodness, even if, like me, you are a natural-fiber-on-teeny-needles kind of a gal. It's just good stuff.