I did it.
I made a hat for each of my family members in time for Christmas.
The boys' matching hats are a lovely variegated blue cotton blend with a red alpaca wool stripe. On the husband's hat is also a ring of gray cotton. I kind of like how the blue made stripes. C's "pink" was knitted using pink cotton and a synthetic pink yarn as well at the same time...
I learned a lot while making these...
1. always check to see what side you are knitting on.
2. don't use cotton on wood needles
3. DPN's aren't as scary as they seem