I'm loving the hat! It's too cute. I must confess it was a rough start, though. For some reason, I had a hard time getting past the first row; my stitches kept getting twisted. After ripping out the third time, I finally got the hang of it. Keeping my needles on a flat surface helped. Once I got past the first few rounds, the knitting got easy.
Although it initially looked like a blob, the thing on my needles soon resembled a hat.
I'm really pleased with the finished items. I think the socks and hat make a cute gift set. And they were quick knits, too! With the holidays fast approaching, this would be a relatively easy project to finish in a short time.