For Sinterklaas my sister got me one skein of yarn. She really wanted to give me enough to make something big, but was shocked by the price. She did tell me where to find more, but I liked the idea of just using that one skein and made myself (another) cowl. Since we don't have really cold winters here, I hardly ever use thick wool cowls. But I do have a jacket that doesn't close all the way up, so something to keep my throat warm would be nice.
(I used a free, online pattern for this, but I can't find it...)
Fun fact: when I told my sister what I made (a few weeks later), she said she thought that skein would keep me occupied most part of the winter. Does it show she's not a knitter? ;-)