Recent FOs include the Oyster Bay shawl, Wineberry shawl, a Fluted Ridge cloth and the Twegen Coffee afghan (I'll do a post on the afghan soon).
Current WIPs include several new design concepts and the search for the right stash yarn for ... wait for it ... another shawl (aka: my newest knitting addiction).
That process looks a bit like this:
The small ovals show the color and yarn combinations that were promising enough to make it to the photo stage. The large ovals show the ones that grew into one FO (Wineberry) and one active WIP (Blackberry).
None of the test swatches were fatally flawed, but it consistently took at least three tries to land on a combination that triggered the "need to knit this" switch.
These twists and turns are a familiar part of the knitting journey, but it's a process non-knitters rarely see or understand. We're busily knit-knit-knitting but there's little visible progress, because we're traveling a long and winding road.