I didn't think it could happen either. But I am finished. I finished Friday night at 11:30pm, much to my surprise (and the surprise of the hat itself, which had visions of non-cooperativeness). My brain is empty so I give you the photo history:
This is the hat on Wednesday, before my all-night knitfest.
This is the hat Friday at about 5:30pm, just after I got home from work. Just before the decreases start. Clearly I have at this point surpassed all my expectations.
Tonight's knitting brought to you by Road Dog beer. Knitter-tested, knitter-approved.
Here we are after all the decreases (the dpns and I got tangled many times... I did not care to document that experience) and about to start the I-cord.
...Aaaaand the I-cord! It was an 8-stitch I-cord and had more of a flattened look than a tubular look. Ask me how much I cared at that point, at which time I realized that I would in fact FINISH this insane project before time.
Cannot. Stop. Knitting. I-cord. Partly because I was really into it (eight stitches per row? that's easy!)(I made Nick and our friend Ryan admire the speed and agility of the I-cord many times) and partly because I didn't know how to end it off.
The finished hat! All those other beers? Only some are mine!
The hat in its natural habitat: my head.
Hooray! I loves it! Do you see the topknot? I cannot tell you how much I love this little topknot! It's perfect. It's not perfect, but it's done and I made it and I'm busting my damn buttons with goofy-ass pride over here. And it's almost 3:30 in the morning and that last sentence quite possibly made no sense. And now I've forgotten how to spell "sentance/sentence" and will no doubt be mocked by those who have not forgotten. Be gentle, dear readers. You're lucky I'm still using the space bar at this point.
(Super-big thank you to SheCrochets, Lisa, Anna, Heather, and Abby for cheering me on. THANK YOU!)