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Old 02-17-2013, 07:07 PM   #1
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Joining on circular needles!
So, I'm still a newbie to knitting, but being possessed of a very compulsive personality, I have now managed to start several WIPs and to give myself symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. This started when I began purling with circular needles, as I have been knitting flat on them. I have finished a scarf and a 2 hats (that FIT!!) but frogged multiple things and have stayed up until 2 a.m. several times knitting ("Just one more row!"). Moderation isn't my thing, clearly. I would like to stop purling, so clearly I need to join the circle so I can just knit, knit, knit.

So the big question is, since I like to make hats for the time being, how do I join on circular needles? I mean, I can figure out how to join, but the size thing mystifies me. FI, if I am making a hat for a 22 inch sized head, and the knitting needles are 24 in., then how will that work? I can see that I am going to have to start magic looping, I guess.

Now if I can figure out what to do about my aching thumbs! I love knitting, but it's killing me, LOL. I am used to falling hard skiing, and getting bucked off horses, but that seems like sissy stuff compared to my ravaged hands and wrists!!

Words of wisdom, anybody?
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