WIP Wednesday: Finishing the Christmas Hat. . . . By Christmas?

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Hello, and welcome back to WIP Wednesday.  I am, as is common, I think for may crafters, right now, playing the 'will I actually finish this for Christmas?' game, in addition to the game of Yarn Chicken I mentioned playing last week.  

That said, the hat is coming together, and, you can see the cable pattern much better now!  I'm at about 3.25 inches of cables, and I need 4 inches before I can start the decreasing.  (I've also had to drop down and fix a wrongly crossed cable, which has majorly slowed me down, eeep!)  Hopefully I'll pick up speed once I reach the 4 inch mark and start decreasing!

a cabled hat on circular needles.  The hat is knit in a tonal green fingering-weight yarn, and a shell stitch marker is clipped over the cord of the circular needles.

Yarn is Fleece Artist's 2/6 Merino in "Spruce", which is now discontinued -  the only reason I have some in my stash is because I'm unravelling an old project that's getting reused!  (Giftee picked an older knit hat and asked if I had more yarn of the same yarn.  I said I didn't, but the hat in question hadn't received much love, as it was a project from my early knitting days, and I didn't know enough to make it a well-fitting hat, so I was happy to knit it up into something new that would receive much love!)

Needles are my *Knit Picks Nickle-plated 2.25 mm circulars, and they're perfect for this particular project.  The needle tips are that perfect spot in the middle -  they're sharp enough to pick up the yarn, but not sharp enough to be annoying.

Stitch markers are a necessity for me in marking pattern repeats (and even then I sometimes still mess up!) The beginning/end of round marker is an *Ocean Shell Stitch Marker from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop, while the stitch markers between repeats are more of the *Silver Rose Stitch Markers from *NotionsEmporium.

My giftee is teasing me I probably won't get it done in time (She knows me too well, there's languishing Birthday and Christmas knitting from years past that may never be completed!)  So, yeah, I'm kind of hoping I can surprise her Christmas Morning with a completed hat.  Wish me luck!