I cast on the hat yesterday morning. I have mixed feelings. I am totally confident in my gauge. I knit a damn fine mitt gauge swatch and measured very carefully. But I still feel uncertain. Sometimes I think it looks too big, other times I’m convinced it’s way too small. I think it’s because I don’t know what ‘proper hat’ looks like laying there on the needles. By this point, I am deeply familiar with what ‘proper sock’ looks like. I can tell within 2 or 3 rounds if it’s going to be too big or too small. Not so with the hat. This is my first hat so I have no idea what it should look like at this stage in the proceedings. Also, I don’t even wear hats, so I can’t even compare it to ‘reasonable sized commercial hat’ in my head. On a related note, how the heck does one block a hat? I’m fresh out of extra heads. The current plan features a balloon and some rubber bands, but that may prove to be untenable.