I've written up the pattern for the successful broomstick hat. I gave it to my friend Emily and then coerced her into modeling it.
(She's so cute!)
The pattern is called Besom (which is an old word for a old-fashioned broom) and it's available both as a free Ravelry download, or off to the right. Be sure to look at the tutorial over there, too.
I'm now going to use this technique to make a beret, which I will probably call Balai, because that's how my mind works.
Last night, I think I got down far enough on the first sleeve on my cardigan so that it's time to do the lace detail at the cuff. The elephant seal researchers from UCSC were talking, and, like all research scientists, could not stop talking. Class ended 45 minutes late. But those seals are amazing animals. They spend 90% of their time at sea underwater. Ninety percent!