I made this keyhole scarf as a Christmas gift . . . I've made one before, from cotton; this one is alpaca and silk. I love the pattern (it's from Stitch and Bitch).
Apparently I don't know my own strength: check out the knitting needle, broken in two places!
It was a vintage plastic needle; I don't really like plastic needles, but they were the only size 9s I could find. I was simply tapping the needle against my leg--the first time it broke--and then it snapped again as I put on a stitch counter to act as a stopper at the back. Ultimately I was knitting with the far right portion--it was like knitting on a pencil! Too funny.