There are several hours of knitting left on my birdie scarf and I now understand the process of double knitting fairly well- basically, you knit twice as many stitches as regular knitting for the same square inches of fabric but in a slow and laborious fashion.
The positives of double knitting include a completely reversible fabric- which is an awesome benefit when knitting a scarf. And, the thick squishy fabric will be perfect for subzero temperatures. I don’t think I love the process of double knitting as much as regular knitting but it’s nice to have this new skill in my knitting toolbox.
It’s looking like the planned design will produce an abnormally long scarf so I think 3 or more birds will be omitted.