The Santa Cruz hat is complete:
It's not blocked yet. There is a small mound of projects forming on my dining-room table. The fabric and pattern for the sundress require attention. The Very Necessary Sweater requires seaming. The Santa Cruz hat requires blocking. Something must be done about this soon, or I may never eat again.
I thought that I might escape blocking this hat, to preserve the lace's squishy look. No go. The hat is a touch short on my head when it's not blocked, and I noticed that it looks much better on me when it's pulled longer. I wore it to work one day this week and not only is it still much too cold for a hat like this, but the hat needs to come down below my earlobes. Sarah-Hope's pattern picture is accurate, but I guess that I like a hat that's a bit longer for myself. Live and learn.
Were I to knit this pattern again (and don't think for a second that I won't) I would add a few more rows of YO, K2Tog and K2Tog, YO in between the cables. That would add some length.