Unfinished projects have reached a critical mass here -- there must be five (mostly smaller) things in various stages of done-ness. Each one has hit some little bump -- nothing serious, no "do I continue or rip?" -- just a point where a little extra effort is needed. Find a zipper, sew a lining, do the math to work out shaping -- that sort of thing. Sort of like when your wheelie desk chair meets up with the edge of the rug -- not a major roadblock, but it does call for extra "oomph." So, what would you do when confronted with all these niggling details? Yup, me too. I cast on something else.I've been staring at a couple of skeins of Fleece Artist Sea Wool for the longest time and finally just gave in. It's a 70/30 blend of merino/seacell in a gorgeous greeny/blue color called Nova Scotia. I decided to make a small version of Fiber Trends Leaf Lace Shawl. I've done this one before, and I don't usually like to repeat myself, but I enjoyed knitting (and wearing) it enough to warrant one in a different size and color. I'll be looking for some sparkly beads for the edging -- should make a nice accessory piece. Even though I didn't buy it there, it will also be a nice remembrance of our brief time in Nova Scotia last September. If you ever have the chance to visit -- jump at it! It's absolutely beautiful, and all the folks we met were just marvelous. In fact, I've never had an unpleasant time anywhere in Canada -- what a country! Oh, and Valerie? See, I do still knit.