O thank ye, Internet gods--flickr is finally back up!
I used the time to try learning some new things (cast-on and purl stitch, attempted crochet), and of course write that post below, which I've been meaning to write for oh, a month now. Also, I got more done on my scarf. Which technically is actually a scarf now, it's long enough to fit around my neck! It officially measures 18 1/2 inches right now. I started it last Saturday, so I feel proud and confident that I will actually follow through and finish it! Wish me luck and speedy fingers!