…socks at the same time!
I lied. I went back to the Wick, because I think there’s nothing like it for pedicure socks. I’m getting the hang of the pushing and pulling, and really, it isn’t as bad I recall. Of course, two socks take up more space on a needle than one does, so there might actually be less pushing and pulling when Magic Looping two socks on one needle.
There’s a shot of the whole set-up. I thought I’d show my mess, so those of you still trying or contemplating trying two socks at the same time could be inspired. The yarn on the left is in a sandwich baggie, with one bottom corner cut off, so the yarn can flow through. That’s sock #1’s yarn, and it rests by my left hip when I’m actually knitting. The darling “crochet” marker is my visual cue for the start of sock #1.
The naked skein on the right belongs to sock #2, and rests by my right hip when knitting. The remains of my long-tail cast-on mark the start of sock #2.
Since photos are what I think most books lack for two socks at one time, I’m going to share a couple more.
That’s right after finishing a round, which is really a round on each sock. Note that the stitches are still somewhat on the point on the right, while the point on the left isn’t quite in position to start knitting on sock #1 yet.
Now, I’ve shifted things around so that once I pick the needles back up, a wee nudge and I’ll be ready to knit. I’ll slide the stuff on the right around until the two socks almost touch, then I’ll have a nice working length of “naked” cord to receive the freshly knitted stitches. Personally, I wouldn’t want to do two socks on anything shorter than a 40″ cord. I’ll have to look back, but that might have been part of my disillusionment with Magic Loop last year; I do believe I did my first sock on a 24″ cord, which required a lot of shoving and pulling, and holding of the hands in awkward positions.
I hope that helps some of you understand whatever is holding you back from knitting two socks at a time. After my last attempt on two circs, I somehow knew that Magic Loop was my best bet, and thankfully, it has indeed “clicked” for me this time. Now, someone distract the Knight while I order all the wee sizes in the Harmonys in 40″ lengths…
While I have your attention, please scoot over and wish Nancy well. March is off to a rotten start for her, and her poor Reggae is ailing. I know too well what it’s like to wait on the unknown, fearfully wondering why a beloved pet is sick, and I hope Nancy gets good, treatable news soon!