I'm taking a huge leap of faith here and hoping that my Dad doesn't read this blog, because Banoo is modelling what I made him for Christmas!
I decided, since Dad is often out in the cold blowing leaves and mowing the garden and shovelling snow in their new mountainy home, that I ought to make him something cozy to wear around his neck, and keep his head warm. I saw this cowl pattern online and used a super-cooshy 80 wool/20 mohair blend for a thick, chunky cowl that looks just luscious. I used a deep charcoal wool so it would match any of the coats he owns (and his lovely white hair), as well as not look too feminine. You have to be careful with cowls- they can look a little girly if you're not careful, but I think this one is mantastic. In fact, seeing as Ban did not want to take it off, and is now whinging that he wants the same set for him to wear, I think it was a success. Poppy may have to start smoking a pipe to get the full grizzled-fisherman effect that Ban effortlessly pulls off. Though in his case, it's more grizzled academic who shuns hair product and has given up shaving for winter.
If you'd like to knit such a cowl, the pattern can be found on The Purl Bee, here. The hat was just sort of made up- I cast on 60 stitches, knit in k2/p2 for a few rounds until it looked right, then just knit and shaped the crown by k2tog/k1 until I had only 3 stitches left, which I wove and bound off. It took one evening!
*Update: I used Rowan Cocoon, in the colour "Mountain" for this, by the way. Just slightly over 2 skeins for hat and cowl!