The slouch hat is done, and the pattern has been posted on Ravelry! I ended up designing and making it during jury duty and figured the least I could do is name it after the courthouse (actually the courthouse is named for former Chief Judge H. Carl Moultrie).
I think it turned out pretty nice! It works up so fast because the yarn is thick and I used an I hook. I got to have some fun with a technique I recently learned -- how to make rows or rounds of half double crochet look like knitting (the burgundy band of "knitting" on the hat). I've just posted a new video on YouTube demonstrating the technique.
Ok, so an update on Project 2 -- the yarn I chose is thicker than the original top, so I'm having to experiment with how I want to work the crochet part, but the knitted ribbing at the waist turned out great!