I finally had another project in mind for the yarn, so it just got a pass out of purgatory. But before starting the major rip, something possessed to me unroll the 1st half of the scarf, which was still on a stitch holder, and lo! There was little remaining ball of yarn dangling from the end. It looked like maybe, just maybe, enough to finish. I decided to go for it, knitted away, and yes indeed ran out of yarn. TWO ROWS SHORT. Two flippin' rows! And that little ball was enough to finish those two rows and bind off. To think that I almost frogged the thing in a fit, and it would have been for nothing.
this much left
crappy photo of a lovely cabled pattern (Helsinki by Sarah Hatton, Rowan No. 42)
I would have liked to have added a repeat or two to give it a bit more length at the top, but I think it will be fine. It may likely grow a bit anyway -- it weighs in at over a pound and a half! Now I just need a chilly, blustery day to wear it.