My fabled knitting slump lasted all of three days, during which it might have looked as though I cast on approximately 40 times for Lizard Ridge – but that didn’t really get my mojo working, so I shelved the squares for later.
It also might have seemed I was reviewing every sock pattern written in the last four years: my current favorites are Ann Budd’s Seduction Socks (pdf) and a new-to-me treat for variegated yarn, Mad Color Weave. I may or may not be carrying a printout of that very pattern around in my car at this moment in case spontaneous knitting breaks out.
This would have once again been a perfect opportunity for a pattern choice flowchart: I wanted lacy, but not too open, or textured but not too complex, preferably with some detail running down the leg into the foot. Must use stash yarn. Points given for toe-up construction. Bonus if it features or can be adapted to a picot hem. Dark horses included the Uptown Boot Socks (I saw a pair made from the very yarn I had in mind on Flickr – why redo what’s been done?), and Veronik Avery’s Spiral Boot Socks (adapting them to toe-up so I didn’t run out of yarn seemed like a lot of work). Apparently my flowchart needs an option that says “if this is a pattern for boot socks, cast on immediately.”
I realize that I can’t call this an FO in any way, shape or form – but it’s a little bit of a rush nonetheless. To review: this is the project that has languished for almost exactly three years as you read this, since 2004 when I was swept away by the greatness of Tara Jon Manning’s Men in Knits. I like symmetry, and I like patterns – it just never occurred to me that to get a nice, densely textured fabric you would knit the same six stitch, four row chart over and over. And over.
I said I was going to finish this in 2007, and I’m sticking to that – which means I have 112 days in which to knit two fronts, two sleeves, seam, and knit on the button band. If you are laughing at the depth of my folly, go sit in the back where I can’t see you. I have a plan. First, the two fronts should take just over three weeks apiece at my current breakneck pace. That leaves five weeks for two sleeves, and lets me declare December “Button Band Month,” so I can try to avoid staying up until 2 a.m. during the holiday season for a finishing party. Second, Tara Jon, are you serious? Knit the (honking) sleeves onto the (huge) body, down from the shoulders? I noticed this detail a long time ago, but confronting it once more now makes me think that this project is going to be so big that my knitting bag will be a rolling suitcase. So much for inconspicuously knitting in public.
Isabelle was nice enough to nominate me as a Rockin’ Girl Blogger – thanks! I resemble that remark, and I’d like to nominate any knitter out there who’s also on the cusp of finishing a huge, languishing UFO. You’ve earned it.