Not only CAN I knit other things, I have been.
I've started the Elizabeth Zimmerman Green, now Red Sweater:
And that pink/brown super soft Punta Yarns Merisoft merino just called my name, so I started a triangular scarf. It's loosely based on a little thing I saw over at Brooklyn Tweed - Jared Flood made a similar little triangular thing. It's easy, it's mindless, and it's so soft.
I think it will be perfect for my Mom.
And yes, I have left the green sweater out in full view. It can suffer, seeing me knit everything else, and knowing it will not get finished until the remaining yarn shows up.