Ever since I took the time to really sort out the whole two-socks-at-a-time thing, and for me it wasn’t easy, I just know that I can’t do things one at a time any more. I have ALWAYS struggled with pair of things. I get one sock done and the second one languishes for (seriously) sometimes YEARS. Having reached the end, woven in the ends, and tried on the single sock, somehow, casting on the 2nd one just gets put off. Nothing unique to me – knitters everywhere struggle with it. But oh, to do them both at the same time? Have them both done at the same time? Joy. Bliss. OK so a little delayed, cause knitting two socks takes longer than knitting one, that’s just the way it is. But still. It’s tedious, when the person being knit for has, for example, monstrous feet, and the pattern is ..not a pattern, just endless rounds of knit, knit, knit. Yawn.
Boring shades of grey don’t help. But still, so long as I can alternate between projects I am OK. A few dozen rounds of grey, then I can shift over and work on the largest knitted knockers I’ve done yet (apparently that isn’t unique either – although I’m not sure if Ds and DDs are the most requested or the least knit or both, causing the shortfall. They certainly don’t go as fast as As, and on the Magic Loop it is a little more of a struggle, all those stitches.
Still, as I said before, I was getting the same issue, getting knocker one done then thinking wanting to try another colour or try a different pattern or something. Anything other than doing the same thing over again. So the two-at-a-time made sense.
But I wanted to make DD some wristlets – she bought a pair at a Christmas Market and loves them – but was thinking Oh dear. Two. One at a time. Ugh
Now I am not so skilled a knitter or so clever at patterns that I felt confident in trying to convert a complicated pattern written back and forth as an in-the-round one. Plus I had no good idea for how to leave the thumb-gap in the round. But I didn’t see any reason I shouldn’t cast on both flat pieces, knit them back and forth on the same circular needle, and still get both done at the same time.
It’s working a treat. So long as I use that zip lock bag trick, both balls of yarn inside and zipped in the middle so each ball comes out its own little gap
I can keep it all straight, untangled, and easy to put down and pick up again or transport without ending up in a muddle. And frankly, as I am doing a billion things all the time (today? knitting, wrapping, making soup, something I can’t mention lest prying eyes see, and doing laundry before cooking tonight’s dinner) and grabbing every chance to get in a few stitches (like in the car on the way and at DDs ice show Friday night, about 7 hours from start to finish) that is pretty important. And as I have a near endless supply of zip lock bags I can have many projects on the go at one time to keep me from getting bored. If it looks like dodgy, I will drop the other ones and focus on the two important gift ones to make sure they are done before the big day…