Today's photo is not the greatest due to the fact that the hat is black and it was too late in the day for good natural lighting. I had to use flash to get anything close to a decent picture.
The hat will be donated to Ship Support. This organization has been active since October, 2001 and sends donated items to deployed troops. If you would like more information, there is a Ship Support Yahoo Group to keep up to date on what the troops need. Currently, the push in on for more 100% wool hats for soldiers in Afghanistan.
The pattern that I used is one of my favorites, the Waffle Hat by Gail Bable. I have made this one so many times that I don't need to use the pattern. It makes me sad to think that our deployed soldiers have to depend on donations for something as basic as a warm hat or scarf.