Thank you for your kind wishes for my husband and his job search - we're muddling along and trying to be positive.
I finally finished the last capelet and realized I had lots of odds and ends of yarn. Paula from The Knitting Pipeline podcast told us about a blanket she made using odds and ends and it inspired me to cast on one of my own. The pattern is called Ten Stitch Twist. It took one short rip out after the first circle was completed to get the desired effect as Paula had referred to her method of "joining" which creates a lovely slip stitch detail (carefully noted in her project page). I also adopted her edge method which is fantastic and creates a great edge for picking up stitches.
Here's how it looks after a few days work - it kind of is like potato chip knitting - you want to see how the next color/section is going to look. This yarn is heavy worsted so it is knitting up very quickly!