I managed to squeeze in one crafty-adventure into my Thanksgiving break (which was marvelous, btw -- three different types of bird!). I've been wanting to try my hand at making a cowl ever since the weather turned colder. I used my biggest crochet hook and the Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn I picked up recently (that lovely Seattle Sea Mist color was calling my name, and it wouldn't hush!).
I searched Pinterest for patterns, and ended up using a little of this (which introduced me to the Herringbone Half Double Crochet) and a little of that (to narrow the pattern slightly).