While the contests were going on, my life was lurching along. There've been 4 changes in my medications over those weeks; my depression has been spelled with all capitals.
Knitting went on, though. I've built quite a collection of mini-skeins of yarn, and decided to use some to make a fairly simple cowl.
For some reason, as I was making it, calling it "Arkansas" popped into my mind. Anything I'm going to sell on etsy I give a name, and "Arkansas" worked. The stripes led me to think of "state line." So, very on-the-spot, and completely unexpectedly, I decided to use the mini-skeins to make a "line" of items, each named after a "state." So far, I've made "Idaho" handwarmers, a "Washington" scarf, and am working on an "Oklahoma" wrap.
I can't explain it. Sometimes things just come to you, you know?