I finished knitting the Beaded Smoke Ring (HeartStrings Pattern A39 copyright 1997 Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer). I will be teaching a class at Yarns Down Under in Deep River, CT during March using this pattern and wanted to get a prototype made to leave in the shop for customers to see, and hopefully to entice them to sign up for the class. It is knit from Blue Sky Alpaca yarn. This is one of my favorite knitted gifts. It is both elegant and very practical. It can be worn over your head as a hood, or it can be worn all the way down around your neck, collar style. It is great at keeping the snow or rain from getting inside your coat collar and keeping your neck and head warm. A fun alternative to the basic hat and scarf. Teresa will be home this weekend for her birthday and maybe I can get her to model this for the camera, it looks much prettier when it is worn than when it is laying flat.