Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Octoped

After this last round of baby things with a deadline, I have been ready for a bit of a knitting slowdown of sorts.  There are several sweaters in my mental queue that are begging to be started for the upcoming Fall/Winter (yes, that is what I said).  I don't tend to wear a lot of sweaters in the Spring/Summer, therefore, I would rather use my knitting energy working on things for cold weather, items for the house, spinning or even sewing.  A couple of items have jumped out of my closet and into the frog and be reborn as something else pile.

Slippers are the perfect in between project.  They are not the dreaded sock, but do still involve the second ______ syndrome.  Turkish Bed Socks have been my favorite for quite some time now.  The only problem, for me, has been my choice of yarn (Mini Mochi) which has impacted wear and tightness of the item.  Since the yarn is a single ply, it does not seem to hold up well against the roughness of my wood floors, and it seems to grow a tad bit too much.  The pattern is still a favorite, I just need to reconsider yarn choice.

During a recent visit to my LYS, I picked up a cute as a button pattern for Knotted Slippers.  The first one is done and the second is on needles.  Magic Loop has not yet made it into my skill-set, so I resorted to my least favorite---double points.  During the first slipper, it seemed to be very difficult to handle that many THICK stitches on only 4 needles and I did not wish to repeat that trauma.

My solution (maybe more of an avoidance of learning Magic Loop):

The OCTOPED:


That's right, there are 8, EIGHT, 4+4, 6+2, 5+3, get it...eight needles on one slipper.  Looks like a hot mess, but it worked for me.  PLUS, this little trick necessitated the purchase of more US6 needles since  I lost one of mine.  The new needles are super cute and feel nice in my hands...Knitter's Pride Symfonie Dreamz Double Points.

Don't judge...

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14 comments:

  1. Whoa, 8 needles? You are superwoman! I'm not so good at using dpns, especially at the beginning of a project, so I prefer magic loop. But this, this is amazing.

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    1. It's a little scary to behold in person!

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  2. wowzers. Its a cool pattern tho so will be worth the headache.
    is magic look knitting a loop on a circular needle? I've not been brave enough for that either yet.

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    1. magic loop involves a circ. Don't know why I keep avoiding it considering how much I dislike DPN's.

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  3. Great googly moogly, woman! That looks terrifying. SO glad it worked for you though... in a better-you-than-me sort of way. Meanwhile, yay, slippers!

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    1. who doesn't love a nice pair of slippers, right? They are finished now and have started on a second pair for my MIL.

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  4. Well managed, Dina! I find I like one or two more needles than are called for on a pattern too. :)

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    1. TY!! Guess the two of us are just rebels, huh? LOL

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  5. I am really impressed with your ingenuity to get the slippers done! Well Done!

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    1. TY, it is a great pattern. Doubt others resorted to my "technique", but desperate times called for desperate measures.

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  6. WHOA! 8DPNs! I won' even use four. I'm a "magic loop or bust" kind of girl :-D

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    1. DPN's yuck! right? They slip out of everything. The area between my car's center console and the passenger side seat is filled with an awesome collection of stitch markers and dpn's cuz I can't get my hand down in there.

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