I finished my first Oregon sleeve. Yup.
And to make me even happier, I never had to resort to dpns. I did the cuff on a 12″ circular Addi Turbo. Uh huh.
Don’t get me wrong — I have nothing against dpns — they are my pick to pop when it comes to socks. But for two color corrugated ribbing, the circular is faster.
Years ago I had some 11″ long circular needles. I’m trying to remember the brand name — Boye, perhaps? They were lousy to work with. I don’t think I ever successfully used them. The needle part was too long and the cable too short.
The Addi Turbos are a completely different animal. A horse of a different color, as it were.
I don’t know if the needle bits are shorter or if they are just angled better, but I have no problems using the 12″ Addi Turbos.
Of course I’d be happier if they were ebony. I adore ebony needles. I have a 16″ ebony circular that I used for the sleeve about halfway down until it got too tight from the decreases. But I’m not holding my breath that a 12″ ebony circular will ever be manufactured. Still, a girl can dream, right?
And Speaking of Circular Needles . . .
There’s been some discussion lately about a technique called “magic loop,” wherein you can use a long circular needle to knit something with a relatively small circumference. Like a sock. The short explanation is that you cast on the number of stitches the pattern requires and in the middle pull out the extraneous cable of the circular needle.
If you want to learn how to do this, there’s apparently a booklet describing the technique. Do a Google search on magic loop knitting and you’ll find it.
Here’s my problem with this technique. I am very leery about all this manipulation of the circular needle’s cable. Don’t you think that this will weaken your needle and shorten its life? Maybe I’m particularly hard on my needles, but I’ve had to replace a couple of my more often used sizes of Addi Turbo curculars because the cable has parted company from the needle. I have a set of Inox circulars that are even worse. Won’t all the extra needle manipulation needed for the magic loop technique just add more wear and tear to the needle? Or is it just me?
Call me cautious, but I have needle separation anxiety.