Magic Loop and Hemlock

That title sounds morbid, doesn’t it?  Or desperate, maybe.  But be assured, dear readers, it is nothing more than a list of two new things that this old dog is trying to learn.

I mentioned the Hemlock blanket in my last post.  This morning, while Ellie was carefully and sloooooooooowly working on writing the letter R, I decided to take the first step on this blanket: learning the Magic Loop technique.

For those not familiar with the term, it’s a method of working a small piece in the round using one very long circular needle.  I’ve always used double point needles for this in the past and been perfectly content doing so.  However, to do this blanket my old way, I’d need at least 3 sets of needles: double points in the right size (don’t have ’em), a medium length circular needle in the right size (don’t have it) and a longer circular needle in the right size (you guessed it, don’t have it). Logic, Prudence, and Tight-Fistedness argued the merits of buying one long circular needle in the right size, and defeated Timidity, who was not too sure about learning another technique for circular knitting when she liked the old one fine, thankyouverymuch.

To make it worse for this old dog/picky knitter, the best needles available for this particular method are…prepare yourself…metal.


So, back to this morning…I grabbed my cold metal needles, my beautiful yarn (Ecological Wool by Cascade, color: chocolate), and and figured it out.


Yarn…no matter what else it makes you think of.  It’s yarn.


This lady is a gift to all knitters…especially stubborn, visual, self-learners like me.

Well, the truth of the matter is that Magic Loop, metal needles and all is pretty darn cool.  And old dog though I most certainly am, I am fully immature enough to boast “I am so the king of this!” once I made my first few rounds.


I may even try socks this way.  I may even try to learn knitting in the round with two circular needles!  I wouldn’t mind being the king of that, too.


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