On my relationship with magic loop
I’ve finished the first clue of January’s knitalong, the toesies:
Knitting these toes has helped me to remember just how much I hate magic loop and toe-up sock knitting. I cast on these toes on Thursday and didn’t finish the increases until last night. For comparison, I had just finished the ribbing (which goes up much higher on the palm side) on this mitt yesterday morning, and here’s where I was after knitting through brunch and a movie:
It’s also knit with fingering weight yarn on small needles (in fact, I’m using a 0 for these and a 1 for the socks), but the dpns go so much faster for me! I may have to switch the socks over to dpns for the rest of the project if I ever want to complete them! I was hoping that I could use this knitalong as a chance to see what everyone else loves about magic loop (even though I’ve hated it the other times I’ve used it, too), but I just don’t think it’s my sock technique. Too much skooching around that long cable.
I don’t think I’ve introduced these mitts here before. I’m using Anne Hanson’s Curling pattern and have already made and given away the cowl. I’m knitting up the mitts out of the remainder of my skein of Malabrigo sock. A summer class on this pattern at Yarn Harbor is already in the works for Tuesday evenings in June–details forthcoming.