Look, a Koolhaas! I actually finished this hat several weeks ago, but I was so excited with how it turned out that I gave it to the recipient without photographing it. Here she is, kind enough to model it for me.
There was one big thing that I had to take in to consideration when I chose the yarn for this hat. The recipient is one of those hot-blooded people that are so mysterious to me, being a perpetually cold person. For example, I actually take pleasure in the heat of central Texas in the summer. The air conditioning is sooooo cold that I actually feel like I am defrosting when I hit the heat outside. My friend on the other hand does not share this joy. It makes her very, very hot and maybe just a little bit angry. Okay, a lot angry.
My friend will be moving to Seattle once she graduates, a climate she considers quite temperate with bits of cold. The yarn I chose is Debbie Bliss Cathay, a cotton/rayon/silk blend, so hopefully she will be able to wear it without overheating.
So far, she hasn't had any issues with it stretching out to much, besides which it can be washed and dried to shrink up if that occurs. What really pleases me is the stitch definition! I was concerned that the pattern may lose some of the architectural quality that is so lovely about the design by not using something with wool content, but check it out!
I have to credit the staff at my LYS, Hill Country Weavers, for helping me decide on using the Cathay. I asked if they had seen anything knit out of it and how the stitch definition was, and after some discussion the consensus was that it would be perfect. Happy happy.