After this last round of baby things with a deadline, I have been ready for a bit of a knitting slowdown of sorts. There are several sweaters in my mental queue that are begging to be started for the upcoming Fall/Winter (yes, that is what I said). I don't tend to wear a lot of sweaters in the Spring/Summer, therefore, I would rather use my knitting energy working on things for cold weather, items for the house, spinning or even sewing. A couple of items have jumped out of my closet and into the frog and be reborn as something else pile.
Slippers are the perfect in between project. They are not the dreaded sock, but do still involve the second ______ syndrome. Turkish Bed Socks have been my favorite for quite some time now. The only problem, for me, has been my choice of yarn (Mini Mochi) which has impacted wear and tightness of the item. Since the yarn is a single ply, it does not seem to hold up well against the roughness of my wood floors, and it seems to grow a tad bit too much. The pattern is still a favorite, I just need to reconsider yarn choice.
During a recent visit to my LYS, I picked up a cute as a button pattern for Knotted Slippers. The first one is done and the second is on needles. Magic Loop has not yet made it into my skill-set, so I resorted to my least favorite---double points. During the first slipper, it seemed to be very difficult to handle that many THICK stitches on only 4 needles and I did not wish to repeat that trauma.
My solution (maybe more of an avoidance of learning Magic Loop):
That's right, there are 8, EIGHT, 4+4, 6+2, 5+3, get it...eight needles on one slipper. Looks like a hot mess, but it worked for me. PLUS, this little trick necessitated the purchase of more US6 needles since I lost one of mine. The new needles are super cute and feel nice in my hands...Knitter's Pride Symfonie Dreamz Double Points.