OK. Because I'm insane (and because I'm also slightly OCD and prefer to keep my "in progress" projects confined to the first row in my Ravelry notebook), I spent a couple of days on the Feather & Fan Scarf and went "OK, too easy." and started casting around for something to do that was similar but that I thought I'd be likely to finish. Scarves are notorious for being deeply, ridiculously boring once you get past a certain point, and I've already got one on the go as it is.
I also discovered that the "Old Shale" pattern is the same as Feather & Fan, which gave me more to search from on Ravelry. So I went back to Ravelry and had another search for something smaller, something pretty that I thought I'd be likely to actually finish.
Enter stage left the "Old Shale Smoke Ring".
So I ferreted in my stash, found the least fibrous thing I had available, which happened to be RICO's Fashion IRO DK 100% Cotton, whipped out my 5mm circular needles and set to work. I bloody love it! In the same way as I much prefer crochet in the round to working flat, it seems I much prefer knitting in the round.
It's going beautifully well:
I won't wear this one, it's simply not my colour, and I don't think it's good enough quality to gift it to anyone, but I'm loving making it and it's teaching me a lot about lace knitting (like don't even think about trying it without stitch markers).
I'm definitely going to make another one for myself though. I've found a supplier of silk yarn in some lovely colours and at highly reasonable prices (£5 per 100g for the one I want) so come payday I shall invest in some the right colour and make myself one of these lovely things.