i've been struck with a feverish resolve to comlpe shedir this week! i've spent a good few hours on it the last few nights and am closing in on the victory. i'm shaping the crown and should be finishing it tonight... i'm very happy with the progress. it looks great! when i finish i'll take some pictures and post. until then... probably knitting till my fingers bleed!ooh - i also purchased the new men's issue of knit.1 magazine. its wonderful, a lot of great patterns, especially in the hat realm. you should all check it out at barnes and noble or borders. i've already ordered the yarn for a few new projects.