I wasn't sure if I would be able to get this one done in time to be stuffed into my son's stocking. As it turns out, I finished with a few days to spare. So now there will be time for a hand-knit softie or two for my girls' stockings.
The beauty of teen-aged sons, or at least my teen-aged son, is that it is quite alright to work on his gifts when he's in the room. He doesn't take the time to really see what I'm working on. After all of the text messages, dreaming of his next meal, playing whatever random musical instrument is within his reach, and figuring out what language he wants to learn next, there isn't room in that brain of his to worry about what mom is doing. As a result there were plenty of opportunities to work on the scarf.
I found the Skinny Scarf pattern, which is from an episode of Knitty Gritty, on Ravelry. I love the texture created by the combination of the linen stitch and the colors. The yarn is Moda Dea Washable Wool. This is the first time I've used this yarn and I am very impressed. It is easily found at your local large craft store. You get 100 grams for just under $8 and it has a really soft hand. It is a little splitty, but for the price/yardage, I can live with that. The other nice thing is that despite the fact that I dragged this project everywhere with me for 4 or 5 days, the yarn looks as good as new.
I modified the pattern by making it much shorter and a bit wider than the original. I cast 210 stitches onto a size 9 (5.5 mm) needle and worked close to double the number of rows.
I plan to make another. Next time using a tweedy yarn.