The mindless knitting substitute was the Alpaca Baby Shawl. Although it is neither alpaca, nor a shawl, the busy knitter will not hold these inconsistencies against such a delightful pattern.
Old Shale (Feather & Fan) seems to have taken over the world as defined by Ravelry.
Yarn: Tess Designer Yarns Superwash merino ~880 yards
Needle: Knitpicks Harmony #7 on increasingly large cables after initial Lantern Moon #7 dpns
Mods: I closed the hole in the middle from the cast-on with the yarn tail. One could also have started with Emily Ocker's cast-on.
Rejected mod: One knitter on Rav insisted that M1 was the only correct increase to use. Barbara Walker uses the KFB increase in her Stitch Dictionary pattern for Old Shale. That's authoritative enough for me. It looked fine.
I had enough yarn to do another stockinette section repeat. But it would not have been much larger, and the WIP was telling me that it needed to be done. I also didn't think that adding more weight to a baby blanket was necessarily a good thing. And the points would not have been as decoratively pointy.
I loved this yarn. It was smooth and soft, and felt wonderful as it slipped through fingers.
Finishing the mindless knit forces me back to the mindful knits. I've accepted the challenge of a mini-KAL with Manise and Knitigator. They persuaded me to pick up a woefully and long-neglected Leaf Lace shawl. That slows down progress on Swallowtail, but she doesn't mind. Much.