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Old 02-05-2009, 08:11 PM   #1
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Learned Magic Loop and matching increases!
Magic Loop -- piece of cake. Can't say that I find it any more or less fiddly than DPNs, but it's nice not needing the extra bits. Increases -- took me a while to remember which way the bar goes on the needle -- had to sit with the laptop in front of me and play the vid for each increase to remind me for quite a few rows, but I finally got it.

I try to learn at least one new thing with each project, sometimes two or three new things, and don't think I'd manage it very easily without KH!

Have to say a humongous THANKS to Amy and Sheldon! In the absence of an experienced knitter anywhere close by, your vids and forum have been a lifesaver and really helpful!
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:41 PM   #2
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That's awesome. Learning a new knitting skill is such a great feeling!
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:54 PM   #3
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Ok your avatar made me laugh out loud!

That is great, I really like Magic Loop too
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Old 02-05-2009, 09:21 PM   #4
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I love Bucky Katt, mainly because I always think my cat Magpie is channelling Bucky, or perhaps Bucky is channelling Maggie.

Learning knitting is so cool! I've wanted to be able to knit since I was five, but could never seem to get the hang of it, so it's actually fulfilling a lifelong dream for me to actually be knitting! I feel so lucky to be able to say that. I've made things for myself and for other people all my life, but always felt so weirded out that I couldn't seem to get knitting to stick in my brain in any significant way. I've no idea why it stuck now, but I'm glad it did.
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Old 02-07-2009, 09:55 PM   #5
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Lucky you to learn! I can't seem to wrap my brain around it. Happy knitting!
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Hi,
I love magic loop too.... so glad I saw the video on it before I had to use it... when the time came, I knew just what to do... I haven't learned the way of the bar when one is increasing so I'll have to get onto that.
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Old 02-08-2009, 10:20 AM   #7
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I actually now look at patterns a bit differently -- "hey, I don't need those DPNs, I can just use a circular needle!"
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Old 02-08-2009, 08:19 PM   #8
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I love the magic loop method. A newbie to knitting. Just the past 2 years. But I really don't own any other kind of needle but 40 and 60 inch circulars. They are so versatile, you can knit flat, circular or in the round. I have made scarves, hats, socks, mittens, even baby sweaters. Only wish there were more patterns written for the magic loop. I have to recreate some instructions. Keeps the mind sharp.
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Well, in my case, maybe "sharpER" is the right word, because I'm proving that "sharp" certainly isn't right! I don't think I've ever started over again quite so many times before...
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Love-Love-Love magic loop - especially for socks! ButI've knit pumpkins, hats, and seamless heart using it also. I'll never again use DPNs. Once you've done a couple of projects in ML - you'll see that it's not fiddley at all. I also LOVE being able to try on my socks while knitting them!
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