Finished "Ene's Scarf" yesterday morning. All things considered, it is a fairly easy knit, for lace. The main pattern is easy to memorize, thus I found myself daydreaming and adding a yo where I wasn't supposed to, but the mistakes are easy to catch (the pattern will be obviously out of sync at the exact point of the mistake) and easy to fix.
It's a little difficult to visualize how the scarf will come together at first, but when you understand that the garter stitch "edging" is actually the top edge of the shawl (the hypotenuse, if you will), it becomes clear.
The Merinogold is very pleasant to work with, very soft and springy. It splits occasionally, but not enough to be annoying -- it doesn't splice very well, but I was just working with Silk Garden, which makes a really sturdy, practically invisible join (the clingy mohair or the silk?), so the merino had a hard act to follow. It does have a strange mothbally smell when wet, but that shouldn't be a problem once it is dry.
I like the cast-on, the knitted method (as opposed to the usual cable cast-on) used with yarn doubled. This cast-on usually looks a bit limp, but with the doubled yarn it has an interesting almost braided twist look. I wasn't terribly impressed with the sl 1 knitwise, K2 tog, psso combination -- my psso stitches always look a bit straggly -- and would recommend trying sl next 3 knitwise, K3 tog tbl as a possible alternative. I would also recommend swatching on the lace pattern instead of st st, as I tend to knit a lot looser in lace (why did I forget this?), and my scarf came out a bit bigger than the original.
One of the most fun things about this pattern is that even though it starts off with a rather appalling 375 sts, the decreases come thick and fast, so by the time of the second repeat of Chart 3, it felt like I was really sailing along. It was amazing, how much quicker the chart repeats became!