In a way, we should probably be thankful they're helping drive up the price of hand-made goods, especially after the explosion of handmade goods onto the online marketplace (e.g. Etsy) started to drive down prices on some items so low that artisans were barely breaking even on materials cost. Holy run-on sentence, Batman!
You must have the patience of a saint After one rep using worsted wt yarn and US4 needles, I decided to just leave mine as a kind of piratey knitting...swatch thing. The scarf looks great in black and white, your friend must have been thrilled!