Yesterday I whined to my daughter about my difficulties in doing a circular cast-on for a lace shawl with slippery tencel yarn. Things were not going well to say the least. She wisely told me to put the tencel down, take a break, and go knit one of these:
In case you can't tell, it's a Cupcake Hat. Mine is a little wonky because I purposely knit at a tighter gauge so it would fit a smaller child, but then neglected to adjust the length. My icing portion is a little tall.
You can see the original proportions and find the free pattern here.