piper - now that's more like it!
I gave my piper a quick run through the washer and dryer (we have a very gentle front loader so it's not hard to wash things and only shrink them up a little bit) and the fit is MUCH better now. It's only ever so slightly felted, but I think I'll probably actually wear it now. With the button on the side it's cute, but maybe too cute for me, and it doesn't cover my ears. Hats in Chicago that don't cover ears = pretty useless. But when I put the button in the back... voila! Then it fits like how I wish more hats fit - long in the front, short in the back.