The speckly hat has continued to grow. I’ll admit it can be hard to tell, because one row looks rather a lot like the last, but I assure you it is indeed taller.
The real question now is do I keep the lines going as they have been for the whole hat, or do I send them careening back the other way for the second half. I’m leaning slightly toward option one, but I think either would be adorable.
And of course I do have a second skein of yarn, so I may well let this one carry on as started and use the second to explore some alternatives.