Anyway, I finished it up a few days ago:
Yarn: Elann's Pure Alpaca in Garnet. I ended up using two whole skeins and about 75% of four skeins.
Needles: For garter stitch edges - KnitPicks DPNs, US2s. For cords, Brittany DPNs, 5" long, US5s.
Alterations: After reading about this pattern on Lauren's blog, I decided to take her alteration and knit each cord to 70" long instead of the specified 90". The finished scarf ended up a little bit short of that indicated in the pattern... but I'll take the 62" long and call it a day :)
Impressions: This scarf is not complicated. The juggling of the cords towards the end became a bit of a challenge, but the project was perfect for the Thanksgiving trip and as "under the weather" knitting. I messed up on weaving the cords not once, not twice, but three times. The fourth try was the winner! I guess I should not have been enjoying that glass of wine while attempting this task.
I really liked working with the Pure Alpaca yarn from Elann. It is pretty darn soft and lofty. The garnet color is rich and fantastic. I would be concerned about making a garment with this yarn though as it seems to have a tendency to stretch and distort. If I was to consider knitting a garment with this yarn, I would first research other's experiences prior to committing to it. I would not give it a second thought for scarves and shawls - this yarn is perfect for these projects.
One of my cats plays fetch with paper balls... yes, she fetches like a dog. And when she really likes her toys she puts them in her water dish (we never said she was the smartest kitty on the block). So I figured the fairest way to determine the winner of the contest was to let Diony decide...
The investigation of all the paper balls - "what are these" she says:
"Oh my gosh... there are so many... it's hard to decide" :
"I think I like this one" :
After some batting around, she made a b-line toward the water dish:
And I couldn't catch it before she dropped it in!
So, the winner is (yes, it's wet!):
Kris! Congrats! Give me 'til after the Holidays to make your bag :)