DIE, loose hair, DIE!
I also recently bought a big tam from NorthStreetCrotchet on etsy. I love it!
I've been feeling pretty restless about my dreads lately, I'm going to blame it on the fact that it's spring and I always feel really restless when it turns into spring (and I'm also waiting to hear whether or not I've been accepted into the uni I want to go to x_x). I was thinking of taking my dreads out and cutting my hair short, but today I realised that I'm glad that I haven't given in to those random urges. Having a hat that my dreads fit in comfortably has helped a lot, I can have them up and out of the way and it's much more comfortable than just pulling them back into a ponytail or whatever.
So if anyone else is feeling restless and unsatisfied with their dreads and entertaining thoughts about chopping them off ... just shove your hair up in a hat for a couple of days and soon enough you'll be glad you still have them!