whew - under the buzzer - I got this done just in the nick of time - actually, it went into the gift box still slightly damp from blocking. I have been toiling away on this guy most of the week - sick to death of it near the end. I think it was just the combination of carrying along two fingering weight yarns and decreasing onto dpns - it was like a mini-wrestling match - thankfully I won the last round. I really like this picture because I can see what the pattern is so clearly now that it is off the needles and flattened - I love it, now.
I will be gifting it today - so I am writing the post now to actually publish it once I am sure it has been outed. I think my sister-in-law will look great in it, she has dark, longish chestnut hair - very beret-appropriate. And she can still yank it over her ears if she would like some wind protection in Chicago. So one knitted gift gifted - one more to wrap, one more to knit - one more to get yarn for (it's ordered from The Woolen Rabbit, I can't wait!) - egads.