I'm a Stubborn Old Knitter by Holly Burnham
I am so set in my ways……when did I reach the age where 'can't teach an old dog new tricks' fits me to a 'T'?
Knitting is my passion and I devote far more time to it than I should. That said, wouldn't you think I would be anxious to learn every technique out there? Well….you'd think…..and you'd be wrong.
I have knit the most luxurious and warm wool socks for my husband and myself for years. We almost look forward to the first crisp autumn day as we know I will soon be replacing our summer socks with something far more heavenly.
I have always just used double point needles to knit my socks. I have suffered through snapped needles, needles falling out of the unmade sock, readjusting stitches as I knit and the fear that as you take your project out of the knitting bag you will destroy the previous day's efforts by dislodging the socks from the needles.
I have read with utter disinterest the joys of "Magic Loop" and how I can soar using two circulars. Using either method, doncha know, would mandate giving up the "right:" way to knit socks.
I recently I visited my friends yarn shop. The fact she owns the yarn shop is of immense delight to me. She offers, and I accept, a healthy discount, which allows me to stash enhance in a way I might not have been able to, if say, she had decided to be a librarian instead. She was sitting and knitting a sock using two circular needles. In the minutes I visited I watched the cuff of said sock emerge from a cast edge to measurable inches! What is going on here? Looks like my socks…feels like my socks…but grows like the whiskers on my middle aged chin.
I cautiously purchased two 16" - #2 circular needles and proceeded home to my rocker.
I am here to tell you …..there is no greater pleasure than admitting you were pigheaded about something like this. My sock drawer is going to be full! I love socks on 2 circulars.
Now…..what's this I hear about knitting two socks at the same time on 2 circulars? Rubbish………I'll never do that.