It seems like I've worked through the worst of the arm issues. I'm not 100%, but I am much improved and able to knit a little more than before, thanks mostly to a very stylish compression sleeve I've been wearing on my forearm. It's insane to think that just one little piece of fabric could make such a difference, but ever since I gave it a try, I haven't had to ice my arm AT ALL. I'm still stretching and taking frequent breaks, but I can honestly credit the compression sleeve with the most meaningful contribution. Go figure!
So now I find myself with a LOT of WIPs on the needles - way more than I am usually comfortable with! If I include the cozy memories blanket, the grand total is 8...and I usually like to limit myself to 3 or 4 max as a general rule. Any more than that and I start to feel weirdly stressed about how many WIPs I have languishing, so I am trying to stay focused and get at least a few projects off the needles before I head to TNNA in a few weeks. I've made the most noticeable progress on the Merope Mitts - I'm about halfway through the second one!
Astrid Hat that I started with some new-to-me yarn last week. It's been a little slower going because the gauge is a little tighter than the mitts project (both are worked on US 6 needles, but the mitts are DK and the hat is worsted weight).
mink yarn that contained 0% mink, and I'm not terribly convinced that this 100% cashmere is for real, either). I decided to modify Joji Locatelli's 3 Color Cashmere Cowl into a DK weight project after cruising all of the finished projects on Ravelry to see how people were modifying the pattern for heavier weights of yarn. As you can see, I am not very far along, but I am hoping it will make for a good travel project next month.