Sadly, all the good colors remained on the ball. That is the way it goes with Noro - you never know what will happen. This hat fits my 8 year old. Next time, I would make the larger size - it would use more yarn, and more colors too! I started this to have a simple fair isle project on the needles to share with students, but I got so caught up in it that I finished it before the next week's class.