I'm a Magic Looper!!


Magic Loop... The beauty of knitting a tubular shape, but with ONE needle! Using a circular knitting needle, Magic Loop achieves the same thing as double pointed knitting needles (DPNS)--socks, sleeves, mittens, hats... so much. 

I'm making some gentle forays back into learning to knit socks. I have several circular knitting needles. And I have some inexpensive yarn to practice with. Strømpegarn... strømpe = sock/stocking. Garn = yarn. Rundpinne = circular knitting needle. A mini Norwegian knitting lesson for you. :) 


For some many years now I've been knitting. And many, many times over the years I've tried to knit socks. But I never really got a grip on manipulating all those double pointed needles at once. I'd always get a "ladder" effect on the sides of my socks, which can happen when tension varies when working from one needle to the next. Laddered socks = Undesirable No 1 in sock knitting. I had tried knitted tube socks, which have no heels. I didn't like those--too slouchy and sloppy, and sometimes I'd still get those "ladders". So this time I'm trying the Magic Loop method, which uses a single circular needle, mostly like knitting in the round, but you manipulate the circular needle in ways that you would use the double pointed needles to do what you need to do--like when you come to the heel, say. I'm not explaining this well, which is why things like YouTube and Craftsy have been sooo helpful! Thank goodness for YouTube! I've been learning a lot of sock knitting from YouTube videos, and thankful for so the  many folks who share their knowledge. Craftsy has also been invaluable. This Craftsy article Demystifying the Magic Loop helped me get started with socks again. I think I may finally be cracking the sock code! 


Even TJ was so excited about my sock learning, he took photos while I was doing some practice this week... haha! Here I'm breaking down parts of the sock and working them to get a sense of how they are worked. It's not been easy all the time, but interesting. My first turned heel was VERY wonky! But the good thing so far has been... no laddered sock sides! And so I join the other ranks of Magic Loopers out there! 


It helps to have cheerful knitting gear while puzzling things out... like this fun sheep stitch markers...  baaa-utiful!  ;) 


Last year I started collecting some yarns for sock knitting, trying to catch some things on sale, when possible. The downside of hunting for yarn for sock knitting, is that a lot of sock yarns are superwash treated. :( Just weeks ago I was sharing my concerns about superwash yarn...  As I'm dipping into sock knitting, this is proving a bit tricky... Or should I say, itchy?! But I'll see what happens, and what other yarns I might find that may be suitable for sock knitting that are not superwash treated... 

But look at those COLORS!! Not my usual soft pink, dusky plum, grey... haha! Nope, going for full spectrum HAPPY feet once I get the sock knitting going... I'm sooo excited!


It's a LOT about the yarn at the moment here... Oooo...  and a little box with a yarn order arrived at the Easter weekend... I've got plans! Will share soon!! But in the meantime, I'm on a yarn diet... :/  ...*sigh*... 

What NEW is happening with you?! 









P.S. Oh, and uh... someone was cute-bombing my photo sessions... ;) This girl loves yarn as much as I do!


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  1. Can't wait to see your happy feet! (Luna's "boots" are cute!) I took a one-day sock class, which was NOT enough! This was several years ago. I finished one sock pretty well. Then I lost the whole little bag and a year later found it. Then I lost the pattern and the store went out of business. I will forever have one and a quarter socks because I have NO idea how to finish it! And to be honest, on size 2 needles, little desire! But I love hand knit socks and really envy those who can make them so well! Three cheers and good on you for that!

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    1. Thanks for the cheer, Jeanie! To keep this rolling, I need to keep cheering myself on, for sure, as this feels a big challenge... And the skinny needles, those alone can be a challenge... LOL! But this socks thing is cery exciting, and nothibg feels better on the feet than handknit socks. My favorite socks though, are Luna's white stocking feet! :))) Oh, what a pity about you 1-1/4 socks, though... sock mystery! ;) May try some socks in a DK weight yarn, then you could use size 4mm/6 US needles!

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  2. Keep at it and you will get it. ML is the best way to go for socks as far as I am concerned. :) I also do the ML 2 at a time socks. That way there is no Second Sock Syndrome. I make my socks toe up, makes the heel easier to do. The first pair of socks I did ML I did top down and had the heel so messed up I had to take the stitches off the needles and rearrange them. lol
    The Widdershin Heel ( http://k2knits.blogspot.com/2007/03/revisiting-widdershin-heel.html ) is good to use doing socks toe up. Can be used top down also.
    A kntting class I taught one time I had a lady sign up to learn and no one bothered to ask her is she knew how to knit well, they only ask if she could knit. She said yes she could. Well we found out later that she had only been kntting for about a WEEK!!! Needless to say she didn't finish her socks.
    You will finish and have a delightful pair of socks to show for your effort and to wear to keep those toes warm. You will do fine.

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    1. Good to see you here, Judy! I did bookmark a Widdershin sock pattern to try. And now that I'm giving this socks thing another go, I can see how doing toe up would be better in some ways, especially from a heel perspective--slightly less stitches to deal with. Thank you for sharing your experience, and the links! Oh, that was funny about the lady knitting only one week. Unless one is some kind of knitting prodigy, I don't think many could knits socks only one week into learning how to knit!

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  3. you do know how addictive sock knitting is, don't you? Be prepared to be totally consumed. hmmmm I wonder how I know this?!?

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    1. I'm preparing for the addiction, Steph... hence, all the sock yarns... LOL! From all I've read/seen of socks from other knitters, I an understand why socks can be addictive. And socks are small, so very portable, no-the-go/travel project, which I'm also looking forward too. You knit so MANY beautiful things--socks included--so I'm always inspired by what you create, and it makes me want to challenge myself more. :)

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  4. You are so excited--it shows in every sentence and picture.
    Yes, I'm back in the land of live blogging. It has been a bit of a crazy winter/early spring.
    You will love knitting socks. The heels will become easier as you practice. They're really rather fun to do. Just pretend you're a shepherdess carrying your magic loop and your yarn as you wander the English, errr, Norwegian countryside.

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    1. Glad you're back, Willow! Hope is going well there now... :) I like your ideas of dreaming of being in the countryside while knitting... especially the English countryside! :)))

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  5. I have to say I LOVE Luna’s socks! So cute, nice and stripy with such dainty white toes! I can feel,your excitement at this new venture! I have had a problem with knitting on four needles also. I tried with mittens, but alas could not get to grips with it! I can’t wait to see your socks, so colourful! And whatever your surprise is! Hope you are having a lovely weekend! Love you! ((((Big Hugs)))) xoxo

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    1. Luna's socks are the sweetest, aren't they! I marvel at her socks every day... Her front paws have short, white ankle socks. And then her back paws have longer, more knee-high socks. ((HUGS)) :))) Glad I'm not the only one who struggles so with double pointed needles. I really hope I can master this Magic Loop method, as I've been dreaming of my own handmade knittes socks for year and years!

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  6. Oh my goodness ... that is a treasured photo of Luna!
    And I look forward to seeing your progress with the new knitting tool.

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    1. So great to see you here, Juana! This pic of Luna is one of my favorite's too! It's fun sometimes how a "wrong" photo, can turn out so right, and pefect! :)

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  7. good grief girl! you should/could be a Hand Model!!! beautiful hands.
    and that tiny pink nose and boots and whiskers... so adorable!
    congrats on yet another wonderful accomplishment!
    good grief. Six exclamation points. a winner. :) XOXO

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    1. THANK YOU for the 6 enthusiastic exclamation points, Tammy! You know how much I love those! ;) I have my Gram's hands, I think--small, but with slender-ish fingers. I actually almost didn't use these photos. I'm just coming out a very bad patch with my skin, as I have terrible, chronically dry skin during the winter, and yarn play doesn't exactly help with that. :/ But as with most things, spring now should help that. Luna is just too cute, isn't she? God must have had the best day when he created her! :)

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  8. Oh, Tracy, this is something that I have to master! I’ve wanted to knit socks for a long time, but also dislike working with dpns. This looks like the ideal solution to those annoying ladders. I will have to take the time to watch those videos and see if I can get started with this soon. I’m longing to have some lovely handmade socks! Marie x

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    1. You can do it, Marie! Magic Loop is quite like knitting in the round, and so I think with some practice, you'll be knitting socks soon too! Videos and photo tutuorials have helped me a lot! Happy sock knitting!! :)))

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  9. What a cute photo of Luna! I must say you are so creative and crafty. I love your enthusiasm for learning new tchniques. Making your own socks; so fun! I love the yarn colors. I did try knitting for a while but lean more to crocheting. Although when I have more time, I might reevaluate that one. Please show photos of your finished sock project.
    Loved reading all about your efforts on this one.
    Sending hugs and loving thoughts your way for another great post of fun projects.

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