Gertie - I'm using size 4 needles. Once I wrapped my brain around the pattern instructions it's not hard to follow. It's not mindless knitting by all means though. I am using the chart with all the / / - code and found the best way to speed up looking at the chart then looking at the legend for what the / /-s meant was to get out the colored pencils and shaded in one code in red on the chart and the corresponding instruction in the legend. I ran out of colors so rather than shading in the boxes I just drew around the box with different colors. I haven't seen the DNA chart written out.
Deb - Yes they will be donated to The Mother Bear Project. I figure I'll send 10 in at a time.
Jan - Yes, to me double knitting is definitely the fastest and easiest next to dpns or two circulars (which I haven't tried cause I don't have 2 sets of the same size circs). I double knit them inside out which is even faster cause then I only have to move the yarn back and forth for the garter stitch. Obviously I still have to turn the work and twist the yarns though which is something that I wouldn't have to do with dpns.
Slim - Thanks. The scarf yarn is Bernat Cashmere. The color is Ocean.