Originally Posted by DanF
Got it! I still don't think I actually *saw* it, but I got it ;-) Thanks for the help!
If you go past where you found it again and look carefully you can see it. The one aid I've used to find tricky hats (other than hints from TA readers) is the Tortoise armor. Buy that, and when you wear it, the game slows down to around two thirds normal speed, which makes it a bit easier to look around for the hat. I also use that for learning some of the trickier quests, especially the catching fairies ones. That's the only piece of gear I've bought, and I probably would have gotten too frustrated with the game by now without it.