One of my friends gave me a skein of Patons Tweed (Aran) yarn over the holidays which the hubby really liked. I have some dark blue 100% wool yarn I got at the thrift store for ridiculously cheap (like 5 skeins for $1 or something insane like that). The two yarns paired together really well. I started the project using Size 8 16" circular needles and the Karlchen pattern for top-down hats for the crown. I then went into a 3x3 ribbing for the body of the hat. For the brim, I dropped needle size to 5s, decreased one stitch in each rib, and did an inch or so in 2x2 ribbing. The hubby really likes it! I completed it last night and he wore it today.
I'm currently working on a Ridged Lace Cowl which is a pattern that requires me to focus from time to time but is not overly demanding on my mental faculties which is a good thing. I think once I finish this, I will start working on another scarf of some sort. I'm thinking maybe something bulky for a change. We'll see.