Speaking of rushing, this weekend I cast on for my SAM KAL socks. Not that I waited until the last minute but the pattern I chose--Laurel Socks (Ravely link) from Toe-Up Socks for Every Body--calls for size zero needles, and the lace repeat is 24 rows. It's the kind of pattern that requires attention, which means when I work on it, the phone is going to ring, or somebody will knock on the door, or one of the pets will barf. I'm not using the word "conspiracy" but you get the idea. The pattern is beautiful and I even had the yarn called for, Dream in Color Smooshy. It's not all that easy to find where I live, and this skein has been fermenting in my stash for about a year, but I know I'll get more of it. "Smooshy" aptly describes the way it feels and the color is nicely saturated, but it's darker in real life compared to the colors on my monitor when I look at their website.
This is probably going to be one of those projects that will get finished a row or two at a time. That's O.K. Some things can't be rushed.