Now, since I've gotten in the habit of knitting socks via the magic loop, I've been very excited to try out my new 2-at-a-Time Socks book since the instructions are for knitting 2 socks at a time on one long needles.
I like the technique she uses and I caught on quite quickly, although I think it may be a bit more confusing if you weren't already familiar with the magic loop. I chose to start with some plain stockinette socks using the Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn that I just received from Jimmy Beans Wool. It's their special color of the month, SWAK, but I'm calling it Chocolate Raspberry. Because I LOVE Raspberry Buttercreams from See's Candy and I love the rich, fun colors of this yarn.
The author assures us to be patient as we work through the first few rounds and she's right... a bit of patience and untangling is necessary. But once I got going, I got into a groove and could knit effortlessly for some time without needing to untangle. I'm not finding it the type of knitting I can just keep setting aside when I'm busy helping kids with math, and I don't think I would carry it around for those moments when I just have time for a round or two, but it may prove to be a nice change of pace for some at home knitting sock knitting. I'll need to give it some time... which I intend to do.
I really don't think knitting 2 at a time is any faster, but it sure seems to get the job done quicker. Personally, I really like the fun and portability of knitting one at a time... but that's just me. I would still recommend the book for anyone who wants to knit 2 at a time. (I like it much better than the 2 circular method.)
Oh, and I've also been giving a bit of time to this...