A very dear friend of mine who lives in Maine was gracious enough to invite us to her baby shower. I have known her for many years, and it is amazing that she now has this longed for child.
Yarn: Adrienne Vittadini Dianna (discontinued)
Yarn Supplier: Lettuce Knits in Richmond Virginia (closed?)
Pattern: Nottingham by Melissa Mall (free pattern)
Needles: US 8 - 5.0 mm
Modifications: I lengthened the cable section by half again the chart, and then immediately started the decreases. Otherwise, this was surprisingly knit to pattern! It was a very pleasant knit with a great stretchy product, and I am absolutely thinking of using this pattern again for future community babies.
For those thinking of doing this modification, please note that I tend to have a relatively dense row gauge generally compared with many knitters. As such I may have been able to complete half again the chart, where for others this may result in the hat being too long by the time you could start the decreases.
Since the parents were not finding out the gender of the baby until the delivery, gifts were requested in a gender neutral color. Fortunately I had a bunch of this yarn from when the Chiquita had selected it many years ago as travel yarn for me.
Doing a quick search to link to the shop's website reveals that the website is no longer there. Yet another yarn shop disappearance?