I finished Vitsippa. It now goes into the category of memory-knits, because it will forever be the project I was knitting when I was here. (Glacier Park, Montana)
It is also one of those knits that is infinitely enjoyable — the pattern is well written and easy to follow for a project that looks rather complicated. At the end, you're left with a feeling of great satisfaction. And, it was a skill builder for me as I'm trying to improve my fairisle skills to get ready for knitting this sweater. I enjoy stranded knitting, but I'm still working on the evenness of my stitches and on feeling completely awkward with the whole knitting with the yarn held in two different hands thing. Vitsippa helped a lot with both of those issues.
As soon as I finished, I immediately wove in the ends and put Vitsippa on my head. And didn't want to take it off, even though it's over 90` here. I had no trouble finding a model for it. In fact, before I was done, everyone in the house had it on their head. The ribbing is deep and stretchy (I hate it when there isn't enough ribbing on a hat). I used a long tail cast on, and it worked perfectly. The finished hat is comfortable, beautiful and not too tight — pretty much the hat you're going to reach for every time you hit the trails all winter.