I finished my sister's Gaptastic Cowl in the wee hours of the night and sent it off this morning. I managed to snap a few iphone pics before I wrapped it. I am pretty excited about the way it turned out. It really is the perfect beginner project. I plan on making another one for myself in a mustard color.
My only complaint is that the 2 skeins of yarn that it suggests only made a 10 inch wide cowl (instead of the 15 inches in the description). It is plenty wide enough, but I think I will buy 3 skeins next time to make it extra bulky and fun.
I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn in a Turquoise color.
For those of you who are true beginners like me, here are some youtube videos that really helped me through the whole process:
Gap Cowl Knit-Along : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCgtDM0EOwg
Adding a New Ball of Yard : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA7r8REfNDU
Binding Off : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIhhAM5MFbQ
Weaving in Ends : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfkJxcr027Q