I love finding a way to try my hand at something new to me, an as-yet-untried trick of the trade, when I am dealing with plain vanilla projects; in this case, something new will be taking scissors to this giant circle and practicing steeks in earnest, for the first time since I took a very good class on the topic. Taking a class and never putting my new knowledge to the test afterwards has become a specialty of mine; entrelac anyone? knitting back backwards?
This particular project seems ideal for my purposes; after I cut the scarf open, I plan to pick up and knit facings on each narrow side to cover the yarn ends and give the stole a bit of heft there to help it drape properly. I haven't decided yet how I will finish the long edges: crochet or icord, most likely.
Meanwhile, after discovering an especially ugly dropped stitch towards the edge of my gigantic circle of alpaca today, I have frogged it all. Attempt #2 is dead, long live attempt #3. Let's hope I don't have to cast on 300 stitches for this project yet again after today.