It was tricky placing the ear flaps. I made those first than cast-on the remaining stitches needed for the ribbing. The braids were the finishing touch. I do want to reknit this pattern and pin down my notes for Ravely. Maybe after Christmas.
P.s. no more thumps in the night! :) We moved the creepy commode away from the chilly corner and it sleeps through the night. Gage has moved into his new room as well. His Papa made his bed from a tree the beavers had cut-down last year. Very cool Canadian bed! Now I want to knit a throw with beavers in lumberjack colours.