I used Misti Alpaca in Cream and boy do I love this yarn. Its soft and cozy and knits up beautifully. The lace pattern on this cowl is really lovely, and she created it with a larger edge on the bottom, so it drapes nicely on your neck. I think this is a perfect size to keep your neck warm and I think I might make another for another friend. Or maybe for me!
My only modification to the pattern was using a US8 needle all the way through because I couldn't find my US7. I had some difficulty with the purl cast off, but I got the hang of it towards the end. I tend to be tight with a knit cast off, so I'll consider this in future projects. The cast off here is still a little tight, but I think I can fix it. I won't see my friend for a couple weeks, so I can re-finish it. No models were available, so I took a shot of the cowl resting on an upside down flower pot.
Do you find you knit more during cold weather? Or maybe hand quilting or embroidery?