Thursday, December 15, 2011
I have carpel tunnel pretty bad in both hands and it's very hard to knit even with regular needles. I even have to use circulars just so I don't drop them when my fingers go numb. But, I'll never give up knitting because I love it so much! I knew without a doubt that working with teeny-tiny double-pointed needles to make socks would practically be impossible for me. Hence, the sock loom!
Many of you know that I knit for charity and that most if not all of my yarn has been donated. Well, I ended up with enough sock yarn to make at least a dozen pairs of socks. I really, really wanted to make socks, too. The CT problems were really getting in the way though.
I'm really glad I got the sock loom. I've only been working with it for a couple hours so far and I've all ready found a rhythm. There is a small learning curve if you want to learn how to really knit and purl on the device and keeping track of where you are is also a small annoyance. But, both of those are easily remedied. Doing a couple rows of each stitch on some scrap yarn helps you to learn the stitches lickety-split and a piece of first-aid tape marked with some pen lines really helps you remember which stitches are knit or purled.