Originally Posted by Sunny_Singer
I love the idea of the afghan squares.
I would have to opt out of a sock swap as I haven't mastered dpns yet, nor magic loop.... I have frogged my husband's tie which won't show the ladders about 50 or more times now for I can't figure out why or how I start knitting one way, then reverse so my once knitted side is now purled and the purled side is suddenly knitted.
Hey Sunny, the same thing used to happen to me ALL the time..!! About not knowing if I was on a purl side or a knit side when I come back to my work after a day or so, or even after just a few minutes of playing with the cat!
Learning what the stitches "look like" and the anatomy of how that stitch is put together is a GREAT HELP, but kinda abstract and hard to understand before it all clicks, and believe me it did CLICK. Like, one day I'm all "this will NEVER MAKE SENSE AHHHHHHH" and then all of a sudden I SEE what I'm doing and it makes sense!
Anyhoo. In the meantime, I tried to pay extra attention to which side the tail thread was on from the cast on. Or, weave in to about 2 or 3 stitches on the bottom RIGHT corner (of the right or "correct" or "public" side) and that way I'd always know when the scrap of pink on my green scarf got to the right-hand side I was on the right side of the piece and if it went to the left-hand side I was on the wrong side of the piece.
Sorry if that seemed uber obvious but it took me a while to figure it out!
Oh, and magic look can look REALLLLY intimidating. But it's really not. SOOOOOO much better than DPNs I think. I'm using Silver's sock tutorial doing two toe up on one circular needle to kill two birds with one stone: learning socks, learning magic loop.