This is my first hat. It's made from sport-weight alpaca on 2.5mm (US #1) needles. The pattern (and yarn) is from Blue Sky Alpacas.
I had a good time with this project, and started keeping a notebook of gauges and things I've learned while knitting. Top on the list for this, my first wearable project: even if you get the gauge right and follow the pattern, that doesn't mean it's going to fit! I'm not sure felting is an option--the green might bleed into the white. Luckily, I can roll the bottom up (as in the pic) to get a better fit.