The May STR kit is a little like that for me. I didn't love it. I didn't hate it. I knit it just the same. Part of my reasoning for being in this sock club is to push myself and I think I've been doing that.
So needless to say, I was a little surprised to find that I like them. The colour and pattern somehow work better when I'm wearing them. Must be me.
P2 was also surprised.
And finally, I am delighted to say that the Edmonton Knitters Lace a Long has begun and I love the pattern so far.