In between spending too much time on Ravelry and attempting to get back to my PhD, I've been managing to squeeze in quite a bit of knitting time. I've finished two Christmas gifts, which I will show soon and started a third.
On top of this, I decided to see if I could understand this Magic Loop malarkey. One of the Christmas gifts I finished was a pair of socks and although I was sure I had faithfully recorded the numbers of rows and the amount of stitches used for turning the heel when knitting the first sock, the second definitely came out a wee bit smaller. This made me increasingly intrigued to work out how knitting two socks at the same time might happen.
First I looked at the Knitting Help video on small diameter knitting on one circular needle and came up with the little fingertip-sized piece below. I was so excited. Its so easy and now I see why my Knitpicks Options don't do really small cables because you actually (oddly) need a long one to do small circular knitting. (sorry for rubbish pics)
Then, I decided to move on to casting-on for two cuff-down socks on one circular needle. To do this I looked at the Boy Who Knits, as I had read on Ravelry that he has good tutorials. I don't think I quite got the cast-on right: although it worked it was extremely difficult to get the last half of the stitches on the needle. However, I do feel triumphant because I did it and here's the proof!