In a fit of confidence I decided to start Shedir, from the Knitty Breast Cancer Awareness special issue. I have looked at it many times but the pattern and chart seemed so complicated that I always put it away for later.
Well let me just say that I was wrong. It is a very well written pattern and no problem to follow once you are in the middle of it. The cable repeats are easy to memorize without even trying (and that's coming from a person who has a hard time remembering multiplication tables!). I think this is the most fun pattern I have knit in a long time.
I am using a ball of Rowan Calmer purchased at Stitches Midwest last year. According to the pattern and a few first-hand accounts I have heard it is possible to squeak out the hat with one ball. Just to be sure, I only did 7 rows of the initial ribbing instead of 9. And now I am going to try really hard not to pay attention to how much yarn is left since it will only make me nervous!