OK. I’m not exactly an old dog. But still, you get the point. I recently learned to knit socks two at once using the magic loop method. I must admit, I was afraid of it at first. I put it off for a long, long time. I’ve heard people rave about it, but I’ve also heard knitters that I really respect complain that it’s just too fiddly. So what’s my verdict? It’s totally wonderful. The end.
Seriously! This was the knitting I brought on our recent trip to Arizona. I knitted on the plane. I knitted at the timeshare. I knitted on the patio. I knitted by the pool. I knitted in the car. In short, lots of Arizona has seen my knitting! I started the socks just before we left and finished them the day after we returned. I picked a fairly easy pattern, figuring that my first time doing magic loop/two-at-a-time probably wasn’t the time to get wild and crazy with patterns. And you know what? It wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be. In fact, I love it. I love only having one big long needle to keep track of. I love not having little bamboo sticks poking me every which way. I love getting both socks finished simultaneously. (That’s the big one. The real reason. My heart’s desire.) I love having the socks match exactly without having to compare, eyeball and/or do some heavy row-counting.
Two at once magic loop sock knitting is my new best friend. I started doing a sock just a couple days ago on DPNs, and I had to switch over to my trusty circular. It makes all the difference in the world for me. Unfortunately, I only have one ball of yarn for these socks (they require two) so I’m not getting to do both at once. Poo! But for any of you out there that haven’t tried it because it seems intimidating – give it a shot! I find it much less hassle and a whole lost faster and more satisfying than my previous method of knitting one on DPNs, looking at it joyfully, then having it sit, lonely, until I finally decided to knit up a partner for it.