Well, it's done. My first FO! (Knitspeak for a Finished Object).
A simple beanie in Jo Sharp "Silkroad Aran Tweed" wool, silk, cashmere mix. Colour #117 "Potpourri". The colour is actually darker than it appears in the first couple of pics, it's a really dark purple with other coloured flecks.
I didn't need a pattern, just some basic maths of how many stitches and rows I would need to make it the size I wanted. Probably the hardest part was planning the decreases, and that wasn't that hard. I love the look of spiral decreases, and the amount of stitches I had divided neatly into 5 spirals. Star, starfish or pinwheel? You decide.
It fits! And you know what, it looks pretty good. I've never been a beanie wearer but I'll make an exception for it this winter. Oh, and as promised here is a beanie and beard pic.
Please excuse the bags under my eyes, this was taken at 6.45 this morning as the sun had just risen and the maid was being tardy with the Industrial Strength Eye Cream. Not my best time of the day. That expression is the look of someone trying to take their own picture; doing am I in the frame?, are my crow's feet showing?, how can I hide the double chin?, am I about to drop the camera?... all at the same time.
So, I'm happy with it. My first go at knitting with DPNs (double pointed needles, c'mon catch up) and it got a little hairy trying to juggle all these as it got to the very few stitches at the end. The yarn doesn't have a lot of stretch, and so the rib at the bottom isn't all that stretchy. It fits snugly though because I was careful with the sizing, so I don't think it will be a problem. I'm happy with it, and I have a whole second ball of the yarn left over to put towards something else...