I'm ashamed to admit that this gift is three years late. When I was in Finland in 2004, I told three of my cousins that I'd send them each a handmade toque. Umm, yeah. Never happened. Now that I'm returning for a visit this summer, I had better increase the pace of my progress so I won't be showing up empty handed.
This hat is the first of the three and has been a work-in-progress for over a year now. I really do like knitting with this kind of slub yarn (spun to alternate between thick and thin), so I'm not sure why it has taken me so long to finish this hat.
Perhaps once a project sits at the bottom of the knitting basket for a while, gravity works harder to keep it there. Yeah, that's it. I blame physics. =)