David, your color work is gorgeous--great colors and perfect knitting, and what an adorable little beanie--even in its incomplete state! I agree with Nonny--there's no such thing as a project to be embarrassed about. Each one is a work of art and very special. We love looking at all of them because they inspire and encourage us and give us new ideas!
Super job on your project so far. I, too, can't wait to see the finished beanie!