I am happy to show you my first FO of 2011, the "Jeweled" Linnaeus Beret.
Behold! First up, a crappy photo taken by me:
and here are two better photos taken by Andrea, who is a much better photographer than I am (and who was also taking the photos outside):
Here are some details in the event you want to make one for your very own self.
Pattern: Linaeus Beret (I made the larger size)
Yarn: Llama Luxury (brown) the 378 colorway; Road to China Light, the Ruby colorway; Road to China Light, the Garnet colorway.
Needles: US 4 and US 6
Comments: This was a fun pattern to knit! One thing to note in the pattern (which should be corrected soon) is that after you complete the brim, the next set of instructions tell you to do a series of stitches 3 times - you should complete them 4 times. Otherwise, it was smooth sailing. If I would knit this again, I would cast on fewer stitches - though not by much - because I like my hats to "grab" my head a little bit more than this one does. But it is cozy and comfortable, and I'm really pleased with it.
I finished it just in time too, since it is in the single digits here, temperature-wise! Good knitting weather, though. And I'm not complaining, 'cause I love winter.
Yeah, I'm a freak. I can live with that.