Late last night I ordered far too much yarn from Elann.com as well as the pattern for Faina's scarf. I intend to make the scarf in three different colours of Austermann Peru (70% Baby Alpaca/ 30% Fine Merino Wool). I hope I like it because otherwise I'm just adding to my stash - not that my stash needs any additions!
And not like I have any time to knit the scarves. I'm in the the middle of knitting a Dale baby outfit (sweater, pants, socks, hat, the whole nine yards) for a baby that's due in December. The yarn I'm using is Bernat's "Hot Sox", an inexpensive arcylic. Using Dale yarn is completely beyond my budget and I couldn't find any cheaper alternatives in crimison and white. My LYS was totally out of Jawoll and Invicta. I bought the Hot Sox on line at www.beehivewool.com -- for less than $40 including shipping - a true bargain! The yarn itself is nothing to write home about - it's 60% acrylic/40% nylon and feels kind of dry between my fingers. But it looks great, it will wash like a charm and it should soften up after a few washes. Besides, it's really hard to find fingering weight acrylic yarn.