I've got several largish projects on the needles. Every now and then- given all of the instant gratification of 11 hats in 2 weeks- I need something that I can start and finish so that I can call myself a knitter.
The January Hat by Jennifer Adams (free on Rav) came to the rescue. Simple colorwork, cascade 220, easy pattern- except I always struggle with the twisty yet lovely braided thing. The bottom of the hat is a roll-y up mess. I got it working at the top and I'm o.k. with that.
Update on the #8 plant- ChickenBob was overheard talking to a grandma parent volunteer about getting a number 8 plant. She nodded and smiled and said "well yes, they grow quickly." She had a good laugh when I got her aside and let her in on the secret. As this is a woman who is still grieving the loss of a spouse, I'd say the subterfuge paid off- I haven't seen her laugh so hard in a long time!