An influx of new ideas

Because I’ve recently discovered the joys of magic loop knitting (screw those DP needles!) I thought it was time to invest in some knitting markers. I kind of wanted to use colored plastic paperclips to save on the expense, but in the end I found them too clumsy to work with properly. So I went to the store and bought a set of 21 pieces.

The problem is that the markers don’t come in a reusable container. It’s plastic and cardboard that once ripped open is useless. Although I have my lovely Wonder Woman lunchbox to keep my small knitting supplies in, I didn’t want them scattered around. I had no other small containers left for these things. So I figured why not make my own little pouch?

I’m using about 3-4mm (worsted) yarn in pink/purple/grey colors. 15 stitches on a 3.5mm needle. The pouch will be about 20 rows tall, so 40 rows total, and it will have a flap of about 8 rows to cover the top with. I wanted to use a button to close it with, but instead I might use two ropes sewn on each side to tie it. Or perhaps just a band to stick the flap in. I’m using the stockinette stich with the knit stitches on the outside for the nicest look (in my opinion). The inside will be lined with some old black t-shirt fabric, sewn into a slightly smaller pouch and then sewn into the top of the knitted pouch so that the stitch markers won’t get suck in the knitting itself.

I’m about 36 rows in in the picture. I’ll have it finished by tonight and then I can show everyone!

I’m also proud to announce that the pair of socks for my boyfriend are done. They’re far from perfect (I made a whole bunch of mistakes) but they’re roomie, comfy and much better made than the first pair a couple of months ago. They were done on a 24 peg round loom, double yarn 3-4mm, with double e-wrap stitch (e-wrap 3 times on each peg, then bring the bottom loop over the top so you’re left with 2 loops on the peg) to make them thicker.

My next goal is to knit thin socks on circular knitting needles. I’m still trying to get the hang of it all with the magic looping business, but it’s not as difficult as I thought it would be. The only tricky part is figuring out the pattern for the size. I researched several techniques for knitting toe up socks and each is vastly different. The patterns are either free but hard to follow, or the techniques are so complex that I dismiss them as useful. I think I’m going to have to take whatever I need from each video and pattern, and then mess around to see what works out for me. I’ll keep you all posted!

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