I really don't know if the fact that I knit top down for the new hem when the sweater was originally bottom up will have any effect on the way it looks or not, but it can't be worse than the amount of rolling it did as it was. Again, this was an error on my part, not the pattern.
I still haven't fully committed to participating in the DC March on Saturday, but I'm leaning towards it. Again, another example of my flux state. In the event I go, I'm going to wear this hat, having donated the unflattering-on-me Pussyhat to a coworker who was very happy to get it. Frankly, I'm not someone who can wear a hat well, but in the interest of straddling the line, I decided on this luscious raspberry yarn and a more traditional pattern.