I've used this yarn a couple times to make one-skein hats. I made one for myself first, after receiving some Noro Silk Garden for Christmas. Friends loved the hat so much, I have been making them for birthday gifts. A lot of the appeal is the yarn itself and the beautiful colors!
Both my mom and I knit this pattern. I've done socks before, and found the pattern extremely easy and pleasing. She's never knit socks, or with such small needles, but still found the pattern easy to follow.