So to begin, if you happen to be 10 years and 10 days younger than me, look a lot like me, grew up in the same house I grew up in, and want to be surprised for Christmas, maybe you should stop reading this post.
OK, is it just me and my non-sisters now?
This was a fun knit, and it was fast too! I think my yarn choice was a little thick, so it's not as drapey as I hoped it would be. Blocking did help a great deal, however. My other problem is that I just barely ran out of yarn.
With the little snack-sized skein of the pink, I ran out with about four rows to go! I knit the last two rows with a very similarly colored sock yarn, and then used the last remaining inches of yarn to duplicate stitch in the missing lines. I still didn't have quite enough, so I also used some of the alternate sock yarn. Running out of yarn really didn't bother me. I like it that I was able to use the whole skein without leftovers, and the fix turned out well.
Working with this yarn was great! There's some nice subtle color variation going on. I am also quite impressed that the black yarn did not stain my fingers when I was knitting it. Usually yarn this dark feels a little sticky, and I have to rinse it with vinegar before I continue. Miss Babs' yarn was perfect right from the start!
I do hope my sister likes the hat. She requested pink and black because it matches her coat. But if she doesn't like it I'll just knit her something else, and keep the hat for myself!