After seeing the v-stitch (pattern here) all over Instagram, I could not be stopped on starting one myself (and once you start, it's hard to stop). It is the perfect blanket to use up scraps (one row uses a very small scrap ball) and it's fun to kind of make up colors as you go along. Right now I feel like I have a primary color section and then secondary colors in a big block, so I'll need to mix it up a bit as I go on. But there is still plenty of blanket to do, so plenty of time.
I'm still plugging along on my ripple as well. It's Attic 24's ripple pattern but I only work in the back stitches to create the texture. I love it and it's nice to work without color changes as well. Nice and mindless while I watch tv.
And this project is right where it was last time I showed it. I haven't had a lot of create time this summer, but I'm getting there.