A yarn, SWTC Tofutsies colorway 720, Sweep You Off Your Feet, has been mocking me. It's for my [cough] first Summer of Socks project and it simply will not behave.
Here's attempt #1: Tidal Wave Socks by Deby Lake, started on the solstice. I love the pattern, which was written for Tofutsies. I like the yarn. Alas, the colorway has three characteristics which are inocuous individually, deadly in combination: it's tonal, variegated, and marled. Which means the graceful stitch pattern fades into obscurity. Off it went to the frog pond.
Here's attempt #2, River Rapids Socks by Sockbug. Same problem, same fate.
Here's attempt #3, Lacy Scallops Socks by Sockbug.
Apparently the third time's the charm. This time I'm loving the pattern and the yarn. I just adore feather and fan variations and a scalloped picot hem. Plus August Sockdown is Sockbug or lace. It's a keeper – and a threefer!
Meanwhile, I've put my Mystery Stole 3 into hibernation. I guessed right about the theme [hee] and sorta right about the lifeline [hee], but the surprise turn was brilliant, simply brilliant. But... now that I understand the design, alas, the challenge has trickled away and not even the inducement of the special MS3 shawl pin Romi is designing can rekindle it. That's no reflection on Melanie's design – it happens all the time here at Area 151 (obviously).