Thanks for all the input. I was anxious to start last night, so I looked through my encyclopedia and chose a dragonscale pattern and just cast on 26 sts and knit away. I've done about 3 pattern repeast now. You can't really see the pattern much with the selfstriping yarn I'm using, but at least I'm not bored
I think I would go crazy doing something really repetitive. This pattern has 12 rows to follow before repeating, but only 6 need my attention.
I will be knitting two more scarves this year though, hopefully. So I am thinking I will knit one illusion scarf for my brother's girlfriend and he wants a tweed yarn, so I'm thinking for him i may go with a cables or one of the scarves you guys mentioned. Thanks again!