I learned how to knit about six years ago, and worked at it for quite a while. I made scarves, hats, even tried some smaller items on double pointed needles. I got really frustrated with double pointed needles. I could never get the hang of them and it was more trouble than it was worth at that point. I put down my needles for years and picked up crochet instead. I found it easier, and really got the hang of it quite quickly. As I’ve gained more confidence in learning new stitches, following patterns etc. I kept thinking about picking up some knitting needles again. I wanted to work on some wristwarmers but knew this was going to entail doubled pointed needles again so I was very, very excited when I discovered the magic loop method. It means that I can knit something I would normally have to use dpn’s for on a single circular needle, hurray. I found this tutorial and happily dove right in. I must admit it took a bit of figuring it out (only on my end, the video is excellent) but once I got the hang of it, it was great. In my quest for fantastic high impact, low budget gift ideas I came across this pattern for Toast wrist warmers. They are gorgeous and with this magic loop method an absolute breeze to make. I’m already on my second pair. They took me more than just a couple of hours to knit (though I am definitely on the slow side), but they are gorgeous, highly practical, and depending on your yarn choice could either be really budget friendly or a little bit of luxury. I’ve been a member of ravelry for a while, but now that I’m getting back into knitting and finishing up quite a few crochet projects, I’ve started filling in some projects. It’s taking me a while to get some of my recent projects on there, but it’s nice to have them be in one place with all the info I need for them. I’m theprairiegirl, so stop on by and say hello, and I’d love to see the things you’ve been working on. I hope everyone is staying warm, the weather seems to definitely be heading into winter most places. It’s been freezing, very windy, and snowing for more than a month out here, so wrist warmers were the perfect cure. What are you doing to stay warm?