Ok, good news bad news time.
The good news is I do indeed seem to remember how to knit cables, and the speckles are indeed proving every bit as diverting as one might hope.
The bad news is this is going to continue to look pretty much like this, just slightly taller, for the foreseeable future.
Sorry, hats are often just sort of like that.
But this is indeed doing all the things I wanted it to do (and just wait till you see what is going to happen at the top…either you’ll love it or you’ll conclude I’ve lost my few remaining marbles and descended fully into absurdity…which should at least be amusing for the onlookers)!