I crossed paths with a styrofoam head and brought it home. My favorite hat model is 900 miles away and the heads that live here are all unsatisfactory for one reason or another. A fake head is always available and doesn't need to try to take the picture while modeling the hat. Hats just look better with heads in them.
Enough about that...
These are odd colors but I was using up yarn and keeping my hands busy. This hat has gone along on a few rowing trips as it fits just right and feels good.
On this fourth version of the Joni hat, I actually followed the pattern and knit in the stripes on top. I thought the colors looked a bit off balance, though, so I added a knitted ball at the end.