In other crochet news, I started working on a hat last night with my new Bernat Softee Chunky that I picked up on Sunday. If you look closely at my previous bookshelf picture, you can see it on the top shelf. (It was only $1.87 per ball at Wal-Mart.) Even though I haven't bought yarn at Wal-Mart in years, I couldn't pass it up since I could never find Softee Chunky at Michael's. For an acrylic yarn, it feels surprisingly soft. Also, it's really bulky. I am used to working with worsted weight yarns so the bulkiness felt a bit awkward to me initially.
Update at 10:10 pm: Finished the Ribbed Newsboy Hat. Since I didn't print out the last two rows of the pattern, (and the pattern has been pulled off the author's website), I changed the brim to make it wider and more tapered than the original. I found my inspiration in Hip Hats and Cool Caps by Afya Ibomu. Although I didn't find any hats in there that I was dying to make, she did have some really good brim instructions. Here are some pictures of my finished hat!
Sitting by itself. I took the picture before I shaped the brim. Brim looks much better now.
A side view of the hat.