I have to say that I truly admire people who are able to take graceful self-portraits. I have a hard enough time getting most of my head in the frame. You can see what I mean in these pictures of a handspun cabled cowl I knit. I tried taking pictures of me wearing it on two separate occasions.
It's kind of embarrassing.
But enough self-deprecation.
Onto the knitting! Here's the cowl scrunched down:
And here's the cowl pulled up for days when it's too cold to breathe.
The yarn you see here is from Moustache Rides Yarn and it is super fun stuff. Melissa + I did a yarn trade some time ago, and I had knit myself a really basic hat, but it was not what the yarn really wanted to be. I felt like it was really asking to be a neck warmer instead. The cowl itself is really kind of an Irish Hiking Cowl; I improvised but it's pretty much the same deal, cable-wise, but with a little more purling in between the cables. If you have a skein of handspun lying around and aren't sure quite what to do with it, I highly suggest the quick gratification of a cowl!
(And hey! The good news is that I think we are firmly planted in cowl-scrunched-down weather, finally. Today I even have a window open. It's a teeeny bit chilly, but damn, that fresh air is some really, really good stuff. )