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OK, OK, turns out Magic Loop is super cool.  The other night I decided to go ahead and finish the sleeves on the sweater tee I have been working on, Rusted Root.  The pattern called for switching to DPNs in a size that I do not have, so I decided to give magic loop another shot.  I did it and it worked.  Having been successful this time around, I figured out what I was doing wrong.  Since I naturally knit pretty tight, this was my problem the first time around.  It was causing huge gaps.  I decided to loosen up a bit and what do you know, it worked!  I wouldn’t say I am a 100% fan yet, but I am getting there, one magic loop at a time…

A friend of mine has been raving about magic loop for some time now.  DPNs have always made me a little weary, so I thought that the magic loop would be a hit.  Well, turns out I am not that big of a fan.  For whatever reason I am having a terrible time keeping my tension on the two “ends”.  After about 10 rows into the Fiddlehead mittens, I made an executive decision to rip it out and start it over with DPNs.  I am not done with Magic Loop.  I REALLY want it to work.  I think I will give it a go on another project that does not involve stranded knitting.

progresspicSo far I am really enjoying making the Fiddlehead Mittens.  Stranded knitting is a breeze.  As long as you stay organized, you are good to go.  Since I had to rip it out, I am only 8 rows into the first mitten so far.  Between that and making a baby shower gift at the last minute, I am moving pretty slow on this project.  Right now I have 3 other projects on the needles.  I am the type of knitter who needs to have multiple projects going on, other wise I get bored. I will finish these mittens soon.  It IS Malabrigo March after all!!

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