I finally got the earflaps done for my hat. I had a lot of trouble with the tension, and frogged them many times! I'm finally happy with them. They're far from perfect, but I hope they will improve after blocking.
I have the first chart done also and am moving on to the big chart. I'm a little worried because in some space there is a 7 stitch space between colors and I'm worried about the floats. Hopefully it will all go well.
Dustinac, thanks for the help with the earflaps. You were exactly right about what I needed to do.