Although I love my Boye interchangeable needles, the cable is too stiff to use the magic loop technique on small projects. Because the rest of the projects I have planned for Christmas gifts require knitting in the round, and double pointed needles are less expensive than Addi Turbos with a cable long enough for magic loop, I had to conquer my fear of DPNs.
Therefore, I bit the bullet and bought some. Well, not just some. A bunch. In various sizes. Metal and bamboo. I don't do things in half-measures. Michael's and my LYS, The Sew-So Shop, love me. (ASIDE TO MY SPOUSE: But, honey, I was saving money. Do you know how much those Addi Turbos cost?)
With some trepidation, I read various forums and articles on Ravelry and Knitting Daily on how to work with DPNs. With my courage boosted and believing once more in knitting fearlessly, I picked up the size 6 DPNs and started working the strap of the Petunia Tote from Interweave Knits Spring 2007. A few stitches later and….Astonishing! It works! I can do this!
Thus emboldened, and in search of some immediate gratification, I grabbed the size 11 DPNs and cast on the Ribby Slipper Sock from Interweave Knits Holiday 2008. Omigosh! Just like magic, within a few hours, I had one finished slipper, and had started on the second.
(Of course, big yarn doubled up helped with the speed, but still….)
Today is a vacation day, and tomorrow is a Federal holiday, so I don't go back to work until Wednesday. I'm going to get soooo much done!