The Nola Cloche has a dramatic twist that appealed to me. I struggled with understanding the twist (done like a cable), and got help from Christy and the hat designer herself. Finally, I got the cloche done and the band was too loose for me while the top was too shallow! But the hat itself was fine, so I chucked it over to the thrift store and started again. This time, the hat fits perfectly, but I messed up my decreases at the top so it's a little lumpy. I swan. I might have to do it again, but not until next winter.
I taught my sister to knit back in December because she wanted to knit her boyfriend a scarf for Christmas. I gave her some chunky yarn and needles to practice with, and when she knitted her practice square, I admired the yarn so much that I made it into a cowl when she was done with it (she made a great scarf, by the way!).