When I dropped out of school for a while in eleventh grade, my mum made me iron her pillowcases (as well as read books that she'd quiz me on) as punishment. Pillowcases, however unnecessary they are to iron, are a walk in the park compared to a fitted dress shirt with darts. It surprises me that it is commonly understood in the professional and "well-dressed" worlds that clothes should be ironed. It's not like it's a one off; it seems that it has to be done each time the garment is worn. This baffles me! I think we should all just shake hands and agree to put our time into something more rewarding.
About the Fancy Scarf - The pattern's in Take Back the Knit, and I get a nice number of compliments wearing it everyday, but I think I've just improved it. Here's me sporting the original:
I'm realizing though that it knits better on 5 1/2 mm needles in lieu of 6s. Also, I've added the teensiest bit of a seed stitch edge so that it'll stay flatter (that makes the cast on 42 instead of 40 for any of you that may be following along). If you'd like, I'll post a detailed colour pic of the scarf sometime soon (in the zine it's black and white and greys and doesn't really do it justice.) What I've got so far of the new one is this (it seems the pic's a li'l dark, hey?):