Last year Sissy and I went to a Knit-In at the library. The ladies from the local knitters' guild gave us each a skein of multi-colored acrylic yarn and some large needles. I've started a scarf a dozen times to pull it all out just as many. This weekend I finally knit it in a feathers and fan pattern. The color is nothing I would have picked--can you say stomach flu after grilled cheese and tomato soup?--but it gives me an incentive to either make a new coat or find one at the thrift.