And speaking of knitting, here's the cowl I made for my sister Mirna's birthday. It's a little warm for mid-March in New York, but hopefully she'll remember to pull it out next winter. The yarn is a beautiful beaded Rhapsody from Artyarns -- expensive, but a single skein is enough to make a small cowl like this. I don't know how well you can tell from the photograph, but there are tiny beads all through it, and the whole piece sort of sparkles. I was imagining it as something she'd wear for the holiday season, under her cream coat.
I started the cowl using the Wisp pattern, but after a few repeats, decided that Wisp really wasn't well suited to this yarn -- lots of splitting and tedium trying to work it, even when I switched to pointier needles. So I ended up doing only about a quarter of it in Wisp, and the rest in a mix of stockinette and garter stitch, which I actually am pretty happy with. Sort of a modern look to the result, very structural. Mirna tends to be a modern sort of gal in her style choices, so hopefully she liked it. And hey -- it's certainly unique. :-)