Yesterday was the official Kitty Hat-along kickoff! Here is my ball of yarn all wound up:
I didn't have 16-inch US8 needles, so I had to cast on using dpns. Pain in the butt, but manageable. I managed to get to the decreases, and stopped once I got to 56 stitches left on the needles. Here is the hat on my head, yay, it seems to fit so far!