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I really, really do. I've given it 4" (of "drunken ribbing", no less - 4" of plain ol' 2x2 would have driven me bonkers! Umm, so yeah, I've pretty much thrown the pattern out the window.), and I still *hate* it.

Fortunately for me, this pair is intended for Himself - 5 year old feet aren't that big. *g* See, I had thought, yesterday, to give them to Herself....but.

Last night I got my copy of the Phantom of the Opera (DVD). The kids were *ecstatic* - we had to hurry home, snarf our food, and put it IN. NOW. :glee: I plopped down on the couch (I've seen the stage version 3x, so I kept up with a running commentary) with the knitting from hell, Himself plopped down next to me and put his head in my lap; Herself plopped down on the loveseat and we all vegged out for 2+ hours.

An aside: the movie was surprisingly good. It pretty much stayed with the stage play (oh, there were some things....like the murder of the stagehand that is handled OFFSTAGE and with a quick shadow of the body onstage - the movie showed it *right*there*); they moved some things around, added some scenes to really explain things - but all in all, it was pretty good. The kids enjoyed it, and I think I may have saved myself $250 this Spring...since I think we might be able to safely skip the production at this year's Musicals.

Anyway....I got about 3" done, looked over at Herself...and decided to try it on Himself first. It fit almost Perfectly...so he gets some blue and purple drunken ribbed tube socks.

Herself? I have a *ton* of brightly colored, radioactive sock yarns stashed - I will go rummage thru the stash soon and start a pair for her. Probably on the CSM; it'll go faster that way and she can wear hers immediately. He'll have to be patient. *eg* Besides, I've given her a couple of my pairs that didn't fit quite right, so she's good to go in the socks department.

I will finish this pair on the circs...but my next pair will be on good ol' DPNs. I must admit, I'm fighting the urge to pull out my 12" Addi Turbo size 5 circ......1 needle would go SO MUCH faster than this setup! :grumble, grumble:
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Date:February 2nd, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
I do my socks on either a short Addi Turbo circ. (size 1) or on DPNs.

The 2 circ method struck me as dumb when I read about it so I've not looked into it any further.

I like the tiny Turbos because I can take my knitting with me and not lose a needle.
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Date:February 2nd, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah - my first thought was "Why?", but it seems everyone is doing it, so I wanted to see what the whole sheebang was about.

I *still* don't understand it! If I had tried this with my first pair of socks, I think I would have NEVER finished them.

Thanks be this turned out to be for the smallest member of the household - means I'll be done that much sooner!
Date:February 2nd, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)

Me too!

I tried the magic loop - one really long circular that you pull the extra cable out of the knitting at beginning of round and half-way along - drove my &@#!! nuts. Stopped after I knew I hated the technique, not the fact that it was a new technique, and put the sock on dpns. Haven't tried the two circular needles yet, and I don't think I will either! The one short circular hurts my hands, so I am a confirmed DPN (5 please) sock knitter too! Kim
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Date:February 2nd, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)

Re: Me too!

I haven't tried the "magic loop" thingy - I've watched videos, I've thought about it, and it makes my brain hurt. Too much fiddling, and not enough actual knitting, it seems.

Back to DPNs after this!
Date:February 2nd, 2006 10:04 pm (UTC)

1 needle sock knitting rocks

I have been knitting a ton of socks lately. I have been using 1 needle - either a really long one doing the magic loop - or using a really short one and stretching a little to fit. I like using the shorter needle the best. IT works for me and the socks knit up really fast! I have done two pairs of adult socks in - one a week. GOOD Luck! Mattie
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Date:February 2nd, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
I am so glad you had this experience for me. I was almost tempted to try this technique after my last visit to the yarn store. Four women sitting around the table raving that this was the ONLY way to make socks. Now I know better. I am also a dyed in the wool 5 needle sock person. If it works don't fix it.
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Date:February 4th, 2006 03:51 am (UTC)
I've seen the two circular method and the magic loop method for doing socks and I just go "why??". DPNs are perfectly good at the job.

I'm a confirmed dpns user too!!
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