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The lull between projects

Everything came to a halt last week when I caught a cold and the last bit of sock monkey assembly had to wait. I'm delighted with him -- even his silly oversized ears. (I'll re-do his ears some day, but for now, they stay. My ears are big too). I attached his arms only to take them off to try to figure out a more elegant way to seam them. There's not much in the book in the way of instruction.

Thank you all for sharing your sock-knitting techniques and preferred tools! I'm keeping an open mind and expanding my horizons. I want to at least have a solid understanding of techniques beyond double-pointed needles, so I'm challenging myself to try different techniques. Ann, my co-worker at Twisted Yarns, sat down with me a little over a week ago and taught me the two socks on two circulars method. The objective is to have a finished pair of socks when you've completed all the knitting -- no more second sock syndrome! Unlike the two-at-a-time on ONE circular, the two distinct circular needles makes everything a little easier to keep track of and like she described to me, two circulars gives you an "escape route" should you need it. I didn't get to work on them at all last week, but I'm past the ribbing and ready to start knitting the plain portion of the sock.

Two socks on two circs

You can also use this technique to knit two sleeves at once -- it's the same concept! It does take a little more time, but you simply keep your eyes on the prize - a matching finished PAIR of socks (or sleeves).

Here's the yarn I'm using:

Crystal Palace Mini Mochi

It's Crystal Palace Mini Mochi; the self-striping colorways are similar to Noro. Mine's color 103.

I'm sorry if I've left a few of you hanging with unanswered emails and comments on Flickr and Ravelry. I'm over my cold and beginning to catch up.


Comments

I've learned DPNs, 2 socks on one circ and magic loop. I prefer DPNs but enjoy knowing the other methods. I also like being able to bind off twice and cast on twice. But I don't have 2nd sock syndrome! I'd love to continue to hear your thoughts on the different methods!

Glad you're feeling better

I've been reading your blog for a while and haven't commented, but I made a cowl out of Mini Mochi and I LOVE IT!!!
I'm dying for cold weather to wear it properly and I'm sure you'll love it for your socks (though it does break quite easily - don't let young children get out your skein unless you're prepared for the consequences)

I hope you'll post a review when you finish your two socks on two circulars and let us know about how you like it!

This yarn is just gorgeous! Take care...

i hope you are feeling better!! *hugs*