Well, it's finally done. After a few trips to Compatto Yarn Salon in Santa Monica, lots of one-on-one tutoring, and hours on the couch stitching, I present to you the beanie of all beanies!
Don't look too closely, or you will see how I had to stitch the cable on the edge rather than pick up stitches to knit it. (Lesson learned: Do NOT, I repeat, NOT cut the tail end of your knitting as it will not maintain its strength.) Contrary to my fears, the hat actually does not unravel when I put it on. Quite an accomplishment really.