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!