Magic loop vs tragic loop

I had never intended to use this venue to expose myself as (keep reading, it's duller than you might think) having learning disabilities, but, ehh...there it is. Where most of my brain is richly crennelated and pumped with crackling neurons, a particularly vital part is smooth, flat and quiet. It's the part needed to spatially manipulate and translate instructions. So - I watched the linked video to see how to do the magic loop. Cool. The woman teaching it sounds so calm and confident. The demo looked effortless. And armed with this, I tried for about an hour to replicate what she did. With amused horror, I watched as my yarn grew into A Thing With Two Heads just before morphing into its final form as The Blob. And that, I suspect, is why cheap yarn is made....anyhow. I will continue to pursue this skill, however, I may found a support group for those of us for whom technical directions first present themselves as heiroglyphics. More to follow....

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Have you ordered the book

Have you ordered the book "The Magical Loop" by Bev Galakas(sp)? I did and an so glad that I did. I loved working with dpn and making socks, but when I got the book, I tried it immediately and loved it. I loved the fact that I didn't have any ladder, not one bit of laddering. I made a pair of boot socks that are so luxurious and warm that they can only be work in the Antartic. I made several pairs of the toe up baby socks that are in the book as they only take about one evening. The figure 8 cast on method was a bit tricky for me, but once I got it, I got it. I am now trying to use other sock patterns with the Magic Loop and am using stitch markers to mark where I would have had them on dpns. Don't give up....

PeterMark's picture

I feel your pain. I'm with

I feel your pain. I'm with Bob/grandcarriage, I'm finding I'm just as happy to do dpns. That having been said, I'm also a pretty stubborn cuss and I can't get past the feeling that if I could just learn how to do two socks on two circs, I'd have a pair done at the same time, so I haven't given up the fight yet . . .

Peter

grandcarriage's picture

Well, I must say, I tried

Well, I must say, I tried the magic loop, and really kind of hated it. I much prefer working on double pointeds, as I always feel I've completed so much more when I've finished each needle... But then again, I'm FREAKY that way...

My 2cents, and I'm paying....

TomH's picture

I know what you're saying.

I know what you're saying. Remember, I said I watched that video more times than I want to admit. And practiced, practiced, practiced. Then watched the video more. So you're not alone. But the key is, I did master it. I'm sure if there had been someone at my side, I would have learned it much more quickly. What size and length of needles are you using? What weight of yarn?