Friday, March 04, 2005

Happines runs in a circular motion

Remember a while back when I was knitting the pink socks with Bonkers yarn? And afraid I'd run short of said yarn? Well, I did get my hands on a third hank and I finally got motivated to cast on the second sock.

The first sock was knit on bamboo DPNs, size 0. Now this is only my second pair of socks, yet I'd already begun to see that if socks were to be a regular knitting "staple" for me, I was going to need to learn one of the circular methods. Not to mention the fact that I broke two of my five DPNs on the first sock. So a change was definitely in order.

Earlier this year I purchased the "Magic Loop" booklet and did a little experimenting. I was able to make the method work just fine on some scrap yarn, but when I tried it on an actual project (a hat for my daughter) I had some frustration. I'm not sure exactly what happened, but it wasn't instinctive for me.

So I decided for the purposes of sock knitting that it was time to try the two circular method. Now THIS I like! I've found it to be very easy to do, much faster and fun. My only moment of confusion came after the heel was turned and it was time to pick up the gusset stitches and get back to knitting in the round.

The book I was using for reference, Socks Soar on Two Circulars, didn't help me in understanding WHICH needle was to be used for each step. However, thanks to the magic of the 'net, I was able to make sense of things. These instructions were a real lifesaver, easy to follow with great photos as well as written explanation. I'm now proud to show you my progress.



I'm feel like I'm now coming in to the home stretch. I just hope there's just a *teensy* bit of cool weather left for wearing wool socks. If not, I won't be sad (I'm definitely ready for spring) as I'll have a brand-new pair of socks waiting in the drawer when fall rolls around again!

7 comments:

Knitcore Nadia said...

Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog but I'm so glad you figured out the two circular needle thing. I used that book at first but I found it extremely unhelpful as well! Fortunately for me I had my Mom to help me -she is the two circ guru! Good luck, I love knitting socks on two circs.

PlazaJen said...

I love two circs, as you know! And I won't convert to one, for some reason I'm a fuddy-duddy. But I will help you do two socks on two circs AT THE SAME TIME! Because that, my friend, is the best way to knit socks: when you're done, YOU'RE DONE!

linda said...

I just learned how to knit two socks on one circular needle. This also happens to be the first time I've knit any socks! Good luck w/the 2 circular method. I find it too intimidating.

amanda said...

thanks for the link! i was going to borrow that same book from a friend but this site looks great. i've been wanting to knit some socks but haven't in months since i usually knit at night with the baby in my lap and the dpn's make me nervous she'll be poked by accident. have a great weekend:O)

Donna said...

I love my DPNs, but I saw the Socks Soar book on clearance the other day....almost bought it but changed my mind. Your pink yarn is gorgeous. What is it?

Leslie said...

Donna,
The sock is Bonkers yarn, superwash mini merino in a color called Flamingo Fest. Be warned--if your foot is larger than a size 6, you'll need three skeins to get a pair of socks! Here's the web address if you're interested:
http://www.bonkersfiber.com/index.html

Adrian said...

I'm sure your pink yarn influenced my pink yarn. I remember seeing it on your blog before you started the socks and ooing and ahhing. It's just gorgeous! When I heard the challenge for this week's Fiber Friday, Cherry Garcia immediately came to mind and I dyed that yarn.