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Alsandera misses "Member since: blah blah, 2008." Shoulda kept that account. lol

knit enough pairs of socks so I can wear hand-knitted ones every day! (read all 7 entries…)
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So… That’s stockingette? ._. I feel gypped. If learning this stitch were on my list, I totally could have knocked it off, but alas.

And while I generally like magic loop and circs, I found myself getting more and more frustrated when working on a pair of mitts this week. I bit the bullet and ordered the DPN set (sock-sized, totally won’t help with the mitts unless I get new, tiny yarn instead of the fluffy yarn I tried to use – which, yes, may be the prob) and ordered some new cables (60”. 40”) that may help with the mitts. I also ordered two balls of fingering yarn. If I can’t make a pair of socks out of each of these 200-yard balls, I have a bigger problem than I think.

Does anyone else have a problem thinking about “fingering” yarn with a straight face?


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My first pair of socks

was made using magic loop. In fact, I did all of my small, circular knitting with magic loop. I thought dpns were scary. Finally, I forced myself to suck it up and get on with it. Now I think I prefer dpns. I don’t know; I go back and forth with it. I love the idea of knitting two socks at the same time, because I do suffer terribly from second sock syndrome. But when I use magic loop now, the huge, unwieldy cables sticking out on both sides get in my way. So, I prefer, in general, to use dpns. Both methods have their pros and cons.

Hahahahahaha, fingering yarn…I never thought about it before…

Oh, and my first pair of socks were such a mess. I mean, a mess! One was longer than the other; there were gaps where I picked up the heel; one was so short my foot cramped up when I wore them! They went into the trash. I chalked it up as experience and nonchalantly walked on.

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Two-at-a-time does seem like a nice way to do it, but when I start using my cabling needle as a third needle, I think it’s time to rethink DPNs!

And again, it seems like our experience has been similar. I heard of magic loop and figured I’d never need to work with those “toothpicks” – they seemed like an awesome way to lose stitches off the back side. Unfortunately, the small number of stitches on those mitts means that magic loop has been super frustrating. I’ll probably go back and forth, too, since magic loop is so handy.

I think that the only type of needle I absolutely can’t learn is the straights. My wrist just doesn’t seem to bend in a way to make those work well at all.

Thanks again for your anecdote! That makes me much more positive about learning all the different steps and techniques. I’ll look up the class when I get home, too.

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I know exactly what you mean about magic loop with mitts…especially when you are knitting the thumb! It gets so awkward and cumbersome. I like to go back and forth between ML and dpn’s, as well.

I can’t use straights anymore, either! I tried to use them when showing my SIL how to knit, and I had such a hard time managing them. They are so un-ergonomic. What’s the opposite of ergonomic?

I’m glad to meet someone else who “gets” all of my knitting experiences. :)

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