However, on the ride there and back again, I was able to start a cowl for myself. When I want to make something for someone else, I like (if I can) to make a trial run at it. So this one will be for me.
I can't believe that it seems to be mostly purple instead of mostly dark red! But that doesn't matter. What does matter is that 1. it's a very easy pattern, 2. it's quite striking, and 3. it knits up quickly.
The pattern is by Kimberly Hamlin, and it's called "24 Hour Cowl". I will probably use 1 to 1½ skeins (90 - 130 yards).