I've gone back to the colors I started with, and I think its going to work. I'm going to knit from both end of the Wild Tide in an effort to break up the pooling, we'll see if its more work than its worth. This time, though, I did a swatch. I then blocked the swatch and spent a long time looking at it. I set it up so I would see it when I walked in the room. I went away for the weekend and thought about it. I didn't actually obsess that much about a hat, but I do like the swatch, so hopefully I'll like the hat.