I've been knitting for a few years now, but it's not really my main gig in the way of hobbies. Winter always makes me want to take up the needles again, though. There are cowls all over the place right now, and when I saw my sister-in-law making one over the holidays, I decided to knit one up for myself.
I found the pattern on Ravelry (for free! yay!) and picked up the yarn (I used Lion Brand Hometown USA in Dallas Grey) at JoAnn's using a gift card. So, free cowl! I ran out of yarn and couldn't knit it up to the full 15" wide, but it still ended up being quite cozy and cushy. It's almost like a neck pillow! It will surely keep me warm during the cold Chicago winter (which hasn't actually happened yet. 40 and 50 degrees in January? What's that all about?).