This has turned into my favorite hat -- it’s uberwarm and it was cheap -- I paid $1.00 per ball of yarn and used about a skein and a half for the hat. It’s super soft and cozy warm.
When I was done knitting the hat it had a bothersome ridge where the brim meets the body, but heavy duty steam blocking got rid of the annoying turn.
The in-progress photo shows yarn that looks very pastel-ly. The real color of the hat is best shown in the finished hat shot.