Now that I've made my 10 post minimum, here are three of the hats I made as presents this past Christmas (unfortunately there were three others that I didn't get pics of before they went to their new homes). I just started knitting in November and I love making hats!
1) For my boyfriend's brother, the ever popular Jayne Cobb hat, and the first hat i've ever knit: a huge hit with the recipient, he wears it all the time! based on this pattern: http://redshirtknitting.com/?page_id=222
(this was before I had the knack of purling, so the band isn't ribbed correctly)
I used vanna's choice in brick, rust, and mustard
2) And for his sister, a soft mohair kitty cat hat, based on this pattern: http://www.kittyville.com/knit/kitty_hat.html
as you can see, my own kitty, Buddha, tried to help, too
I used Patons Divine in Floral Fantasy
And an action shot:
3)A nubby earth-tone-y rainbow hat for the boyfriend's sister-in-law:
(Buddha's not as amused with this one)
I used Homespun in Quartz
And one last action shot:
Thanks so much for looking, and I appreciate the feedback!