I bought this yarn last year intending to knit a scarf, but quickly learned it wasn’t going to work out the way I envisioned. It was a little unwieldy working from the center of the skein, so I decided to wind it into a looser ball/cake and stashed it away in my sock yarn bin. I came across it the other day when I was evaluating my stash for potential weaving yarns and decided to swatch the Noro Taiyo as a sock (since it *is* sock yarn after all). I opted for Magic Loop since the Taiyo is single-ply and I was fearful of breaking the yarn if I tugged too hard.
Did you notice how my “swatch” turned in to a sock-in-progress?
It never fails that when I start knitting with a self-striping sock yarn, I can’t stop. I’m eager to watch the colors transition — it’s so satisfying. The added plus is that it’s a little bit of anticipation that enhances what would otherwise be a “plain” sock. And while I love knitting with double-pointed needles, I think that this yarn (and other Noro sock yarns) calls for Magic Loop.
I learned Magic Loop very recently, after trying unsuccessfully to teach myself. My friend Gayle proposed a coffee/knitting session in order to learn it and I eagerly accepted, and it turned out that my former trouble with Magic Loop was in getting started (imagine that) so after getting everything situated, Magic Loop is just like knitting in the round on two circulars. If you’re a sock knitter, I hope you try it. But if you don’t have a local yarn shop where you can take a Magic Loop class, I recommend Very Pink’s pattern and video.
Didn’t you feel like starting something today?