The first time - trailer knitting, last summer - I used two pretty stiff and chunky yarns in a not too pleasant colour-combo. And because I didn't own needles in the recommended size, knit the hat with needles one size too small.
Poor yarn, poor colour, poor hat was donated to charity. And to whichever homeless person got the hat, please know, I won't be offended if you decide to re-gift it.
This time, the yarn was lovely. A sadly-discontinued, Patons, worsted-weight, washable wool. One strand of brown, held together with one strand of black. The colour looks great, in a manly, guy kind of way.
Sadly, I still don't own needles of the recommended size. But what the heck. Isn't there a knitting fairy out there? Is it really true that 'insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results'? If so, my bed must be ready.
This time, though, if I can find someone with a teeny, tiny head, I think he will really like the hat.