It's a knitted ptarmigan, of course, the Ptarmigan cowl/neckwarmer design by Jared Flood. Once I saw the design, I knew I had to make it at least once, and when I found this yarn: I knew I had found the perfect summer ptarmigan feathers:
Madelinetosh sock yarn in a colorway called Parchment.
Here it is knitted up:
And being blocked (How did I have such a perfect blocking board, you ask? By cutting a piece of cardboard to the dimensions specified for the finished product in the pattern, covering it in plastic, and severely stretching and pinning, that's how.):
I can verify that it is a very warm little accessory, and will be very useful when the cold winter winds blow. Now I have to make a winter Ptarmigan, and I have a skein of cream colored alpaca in the stash somewhere...