Okay, I promised pictures of the hat I'm attempting. The kit I bought supplied the yarn and this big honking crochet needle. It was too big for me, so I switched to a smaller needle, which is why, I think, I ran out of yarn. Fortunately, I had a "complimentary" color available. Here's where I am so far. I'm thinking it's starting to look hat-like. What do you think?
I'm going to try to make a fancy rim for it, but I have a few rows to go yet.
Keep the good thoughts for my friends mother. My friend is on the way to LAX right now (a three hour trip for her). Did I mention she hates to fly? Double the misery for her, so keep sending up good thoughts. Thanks for your great comments thus far for her mom, it's appreciated.