It's great to be knitting again after a while, and now that I've booked the flights to go and see my mother in the Colorado Rockies it seemed only fitting to start myself a skiing hat. A quick search on Ravelry turned up this lovely pattern by Andrea Goutier
I have to admit that mine has not got the lovely swirls on it much at all - I was convinced I had misaligned my purl stitches for the first two inches, and then decided to abandon the decoration and do all knit stitches for speed as I needed my earwarmth quickly! But looking at it now, the swirls are putatively visible and I'm sure you can make them work.
I am in awe of this lady for being able to think up a pattern in the round. One day I hope to be a much better designer than I am, but in the meantime borrowing the genius of others to create necessary warmth will do.
I've also been following the blog Dances With Wool on Blogger, which is a beautifully written diary from a lady in Finland. Her Advent posts, counting down the few hours of daylight in the harsh Arctic December, are particularly touching.