If you've ever purchase a Miss Babs Yowza skein, you know that this skein of yarn is GINORMOUS....
560 yards of yarn!
The above is a photo of a different colorway of a skein of YOWZA, but you get idea of size (each square of the grid is 1x1 inches).
I made a hat for myself....
....And there was a ton of it left over. I decided to use a herringbone stitch to make myself a cowl. I wanted to use as much of the yarn as I could before I got too bored or it got too big to use. I ended up using Purl Soho's Big Herringbone Cowl. (I made one previously, but it was much too thin for my liking!)
The pattern is fairly easy to follow, but does require that you pay a bit of attention to it. It is not quite extreme lace knitting, but it's not mindless knitting either. I continued knitting on this hat until I felt it was big enough to use comfortably.
It ended up being the same height as my hat.
One of the things I love about knitting is that you get different variations of color simply by using slightly different stitches.
It's close enough that it matches in color and tone, but isn't exactly the same as my hat. And the best part about this stitch is that it's almost as thick as double knitting and gives you a nice thick fabric.
It kept me warm when walking about downtown Seattle for Emerald City ComiCon! Plus, I still have quite a bit enough of it left over to use for maybe a pair of fingerless gloves.