Socks? What socks?
I'm going to say two things about socks and patterns right now. First off, I have to apologize. I linked to some revisions on the Fools Rush pattern for the Spring Anklets a few weeks ago, and I was ... wrong. I need to write up the pattern for the Spring Anklets as a solo pattern. If anyone has any questions in the meantime, please email me.
The other thing is the sock pattern that I've been promising. It's been delayed another day and trust me, you should be thankful. I've got some amazing knitters and proofreaders going over the pattern, and a slight delay due to a thesis taking precedence over a sock pattern (imagine that!).
In the meantime, I've kept myself busy with warding off some premature summer heat (NYC summer weather is ... incomparable - the heat, the humidity, the intense discomfort - ick), visiting my grandma who isn't doing very well right now (good thoughts appreciated), and ... digging into the UFO pile.
Enter the Lotus Blossom Tank. Summer '06 IK, I cast on sometime last June [that's a year, folks]. I got about four pattern repeats into it and I dropped it like a red hot coal. I had some problems with gauge, admittedly, but after fixing them, I still left the project on the sidelines.
Yesterday, I picked up the Lotus Blossom tank again. Blame finishitis, blame Ravelry, blame whatever you want. The end result is that a project that was abandoned for a year has been resurrected.
I think I'm okay with it. I had doubts, even after fixing the supposed gauge problems. It looked small, but I keep telling myself that I should know by now that lace blocks out. Quite a bit. I still love the pattern, I lovelovelove the color of the yarn. I have a bit further to go to get the lace section as long as I want it to be, but that's coming up quickly.
I always have bouts of serious self-doubt when it comes to garments. Not socks, not shawls, but knitted-things-for-the-torso. I'm trying to conquer those fears with this project, leading up to (perhaps) finishing several more UFO sweaters.
In the meantime, this is a great project for the disgusting weather we're having right now. Cool, slinky bamboo yarn. The satisfaction of facing my demons and (hopefully) conquering them. And ... ahhhh.... lace.