I just got back from a week in Michigan's Leelanau peninsula (a few pics and links to the wineries we visited are on my regular blog at: http://tenclay.org/blog/2007/10/27/219/) . . . wonderful.. I wish it wasn't over :-( Anyhow, I did get some knitting done though. This beaded scarf may be my favorite!
The pattern is by Deanna K. Van Assche ($6.50 at our local shop).
I used sz. 6 needles instead of sz. 5s (like she called for) and Rowan's 4-ply 100% Merino, sock weight yarn.
The pattern starts on the outside ends and finishes with a 3-needle bind-off in the middle. I've never knit with beads before but the process is essentially the same as tatting with needles so it didn't take long to pick up. I don't know if this is a pattern that's easy to find or if its a local one. If you can't find it let me know and I'll see if I can help. I also decided that it was a little short and did a yarn over in place of the beads to knit an extra 20 rows at the end of each half. Some might think it's strange but I thought it might actually be more comfortable having straight knit on the back of the neck instead of the beads.
Grace and Peace,