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Jan 9, 2017 11:11:06   #
SAM Q
 
SAM Q (new user) (online) Joined: Jan 8, 2017 Posts: 3

I HAVE TO SPEND MOST OF MY UP-TIME ON MY LEFT HIP, WHICH MAKES KNITTING WITH REGULAR NEEDLES ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE.
AS MY HANDS WEAKEN, MANIPULATING THE YARN REQUIRED WHEN USING THE MAGIC LOOP, REALLY LIMITS THE AMOUNT OF KNITTING I CAN DO.
THE SOLUTION, DPN'S. JUST USE 3 INSTEAD OF 4 OR 5.
CAST HALF YOUR STITCHES ONTO NEEDLE 1, THE OTHER HALF ONTO NEEDLE 2. HOLD THE NEEDLES PARALLEL WITH TIPS NEXT TO EACH OTHER, THEN TAKE EMPTY NEEDLE 3, KNIT INTO 1ST CAST-ON, WITH YARN FROM LAST CAST-ON AND WORK ALL STITCHES FROM NEEDLE 1 ONTO NEEDLE 3. THEN, AGAIN KEEPING NEEDLE 3 AND 2 PARALLEL, TAKE NOW EMPTY NEEDLE 1 AND KNIT ALL STITCHES FROM NEEDLE 2 ONTO NEEDLE 1. THEN FROM NEEDLE 3 ONTO NEEDLE 2, ETC, ETC.
THIS ELIMINATES ALL THE YARN MANIPULATION REQUIRED BY THE MAGIC LOOP, MAKES IT LESS LIKELY TO TWIST CAST-ON WHILE JOINING, EASIER TO SEE AND CORRECT ERRORS (TRAVEL FORWARD THEN UNDO STITCHES FROM TOP TO ERROR), EASIER TO COUNT ROWS, ETC. YOU ALSO CAN AVOID LOSING STITCHES OFF THE ENDS OF YOUR DPN'S AS YOU DON'T HAVE THOSE EXTRA NEEDLES TO KEEP AN EYE ON. YOU ONLY NEED TO KEEP NEEDLES CLOSE TO EACH OTHER FOR THE FIRST SEVERAL STITCHES. TO STORE UNFINISHED PROJECT GET ALL STITCHES BACK ONTO 2 OF THE NEEDLES, FASTENING THE NEEDLES TOGETHER WITH TWO RUBBER BANDS, ONE AT THE END OF EACH ROW, TRAPPING THE KNITTING ONTO THE NEEDLES.
HOPE THIS HELPS SOMEONE OUT THERE.
SORRY ABOUT THE ALL CAPS BUT LEANING ON MY LEFT ELBOW MEANS I ONLY HAVE MY RIGHT HAND AVAILABLE FOR THE KEYBOARD.
 
Jan 9, 2017 11:15:08   #
Nancy Knits
 
a straight needle magic loop, ingenius!
Jan 9, 2017 11:18:58   #
lindaree
 
I admire your SPIRIT finding a way to carry on! Thanks for sharing your technique which I will do in the future! I knit hats for ladies undergoing chemotherapy, and your idea will come in mighty handy🙋
Jan 9, 2017 11:20:09   #
Sealcookie (a regular here)
 
Great idea.
Jan 9, 2017 11:22:53   #
RitaMc
 
I'm going to try this. Thanks for sharing.
Jan 9, 2017 11:29:17   #
Wroclawnice (a regular here)
 
Welcome to this site and feel better.
 
Jan 9, 2017 11:57:36   #
SAM Q
 
THANK YOU!!!
Jan 9, 2017 12:03:04   #
Irish knitter (a regular here)
 
oh my goodness.....sounds like something I can do easily.....Thank You......
Jan 9, 2017 12:07:42   #
SAM Q
 
LET ME KNOW HOW IT WORKS FOR YOU.
Jan 9, 2017 12:57:22   #
run4fittness (a regular here)
 
Hello and welcome.

Sounds like a very doable way to get it done.

No offense meant, but please do not type in all caps. That is the same as yelling. Thank you for understanding.
Jan 9, 2017 13:02:48   #
SAM Q
 
sorry, i use all caps due only having one hand to keyboard with
will try to use all lower case
is that the same as whispering?
just having a little fun here
thanks for your advice
 
Jan 9, 2017 13:12:15   #
44gram (a regular here)
 
What a great solution. Thanks for sharing.
Jan 9, 2017 13:20:31   #
yarnawhile
 
What a great solution you have found, keep on knitting:)
Jan 9, 2017 14:24:25   #
SAM Q
 
i'll try
don't have too much else i can do
used to love building but have lost most of my strength in the last few years
the knitting is helping to bring back the "usability" of my hands; crocheting, not so much
Jan 10, 2017 09:13:11   #
hersh
 
SAM Q wrote:
sorry, i use all caps due only having one hand to keyboard with
will try to use all lower case
is that the same as whispering?
just having a little fun here
thanks for your advice


Just keep on communicating in whatever way you can. Allow the viewer to adjust the font......like radio & TV.........there is a volume.....Where there is a will there is a Way.
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