In between the sweaters and dishtowels, there are other projects.
Lace Ribbon Scarf, I came up with two hanks of a mottled indigo-blue. In the end, the idea of a lightweight scarf lost its appeal and the yarn, though wound and ready, was never knit.
This summer, one of the popular patterns is Kate Gagnon Osborn's Springtime Bandit. Though the Bandit calls for worsted weight yarn, I reached for the stash sale leftover that had been sitting on my shelf for over a year, bagged with the right size needles and pattern for the Lace Ribbon Scarf. I'm so glad I did.
Although the sweaters may dominate my knitting, they don't encompass it. Socks and hats and scarves are sprinkled in and among the sweaters. Probably that explains why I struggle to complete a sweater each month. I'd rather risk missing that goal than miss the fun of knitting a little project that is more complex or more portable or faster than a sweater. This week I'll be closing in on my first original completed pair of socks, sans pattern. Nothing special, but most practical.