So I guess the title is a little misleading. It’s not completely different. I’m not talking about hang gliding, or deep-sea diving. It’s still about knitting, which by extension means yarn and needles, and in this case socks. I do understand that none of this is something different. But there is a difference, I promise. It’s the way I’m making the socks.
I have been knitting now for about nine years, but I haven’t been a sock knitter for very long, maybe the last 3 years. I tried to be a sock knitter, I wanted to be a sock knitter, but I hated the teenie tiny DPN’s that you needed to use. Those first few sock attempts were marked with tears and frustration and the realization that a sock (or in my case the hours of knitting, swearing, and tears that resulted in a few rounds being on the needles) on a set of four DPN’s will actually bounce if you get mad enough to pitch it across the room. But at no point did anything even close to a sock emerge from those attempts. In fact what did happen was that I was pretty sure that I would never, ever be a sock knitter. I convinced myself that I didn’t need or want handknit socks and would loudly proclaim that I just didn’t get putting that much effort into something that no one really sees.
And then I discovered Magic Loop and things started to fall into place. And socks started to appear and I got it. And now I love knitting socks. And I’ve been a happy sock knitter.
So what possessed me to do this is, well, kind of a mystery.
But you know what, it’s going well. Though I was a little confused by the whole making the guesset on dpn’s since I have become a master at altering patterns on the fly to accommodate Magic Loop and having to follow the directions as written did briefly slow me down. But otherwise they are working out swimmingly.
So there it is. You can teach an old knitter a new technique and it can be done without tears or knitting shotput being invloved. And soon I should have a brand new pair of Jaywalkers. Or at least that’s the plan.