Love the hat, Evan!
Thanks for the pattern link. I like owls, myself although Native American and Mexican culture both believe they are bad omens.
I am another ballet bunhead and my teacher told me that they used to knit their own tights during rehearsals. My teacher used to dance with Ballanchine. She also said they used regular cardis and just wrapped & buttoned them in back and that is how the ballet wrap sweater was eventually born.