.I keep baskets full of raw wool in lovely colors like fine art work sitting around , and when I get stressed or feel creative I spin them or twist and knit . RP by the cool iPad for showering with your tablet ;)
I cast on 600 stitches, and knitted through the back loops at the beginning and end of every row leaving a short length of yarn. I then pulled the yarn tightly to create a self-fringe. I did one row only per colour (which took 6-7 yards of yarn). I ended up doing 82 rows and the scarf is just over 6 inches wide. It grew in blocking and is about 9 ft long, and wraps twice round my neck easily. You could probably go shorter.