DPN aka Double Pointed Needles have been hard for me to knit with. I'm envious of friends that can whip of a multitude of projects, especially socks, using DPN's. I prefer using circular needles when knitting in the round. I've decided that my resistance to using Double Pointed Needles, isn't for any other reason than I'm not coordinated. Yes, it's true, I'm not coordinated. I really feel like I'm tripping over myself when trying to use them.
So far the only time I've had to use DPN's in knitting is when I am decreasing on a hat which actually hasn't been terrible since I already have the bulk of the hat done. Easing into the use of DPN's has been pretty smooth and giving me the courage to attempt other projects using them instead of two circs. I really do love watching my friends use their tiny DPN's and work the magic on their socks. Of course, my fascination with hand knitted socks is really the driving force of DPN's but, if it gets me to try another technique then all the better.
Brother Bear wore me down last night and I cranked about 20 rows out on his Owl using DPN's. I would have used two circs but...I only had one Size 6 needle since I have about a bazillion hats going right now and needed two. I got out my DPN's and cast on.
I will tell you that I tore apart my knitting a few times last night (again, the coordination issue) but I finally got my groove and once I completed a few rows and had a wee bit of structure I was doing good.
My resolution (for the next few small projects) is to use DPN's while knitting in the round so that I can truly feel comfortable with the process and the coordination. I will even try using different sizes. Who knows, I might even revisit Magic Loop next. Ok, that was a bit much, wasn't it? Tehehe
I resist change and prefer to keep my comfort zone but if I want to grow as a knitter then I need to try different types of needles, stitches, techniques, yarns and patterns. If it doesn't work out, I can always tear back. Whoa! Did I just say that? I never look back...yeah, I said it (another sign that I'm ready to grow as a knitter).