For the record, I am happy to report that the words of Celia, Peggy and Siow Chin are so true. The pooling in fact is much less noticeable with the dropped stitches. So glad that I didn't make that frog pond trip.
And for those who are interested in this:
I've finally gotten around to writing out the scarf pattern.
And bit by bit, my stash and WIPs are revealing themselves to me. I never recalled having so many WIPs! I'll try and take an inventory one of these days and perhaps set up a schedule to finish them, for what's worth.