Magic loop can be confusing. With socks, you’re just doing the same thing for both pieces—there isn’t a “left” or “right”—and when you get to a “front” or “back” being important, you’ve got the gusset and heel there right in front of you.
Things are a bit different here. Without a clear front or back, I might misconstrue whether or not I’ve made it clear around a round because every side looks the same. I have learned this lesson through painful, lopsided experience. To save myself from myself, I use different color stitch markers for the front and for the back. Since the working yarn always must come from the back to begin at the right side of each mitt, it only takes a few seconds of scanning to know exactly where I am when I return to my work.
My mitts and I traveled to North Carolina this weekend to visit my daughter, and I was once again reminded of the pleasures of travel knitting. Airports these days are all about the wait—from security lines to boarding to “the fasten your seatbelt sign is still illuminated” to yesterday's 27-minute taxi upon landing (otherwise known as the complete tour of every inch of tarmac in O’Hare). Did I stress? Well, maybe a little bit, but mostly I happily knit. Glad for the guilt-free time where opening my laptop is not permitted, but knitting most certainly is allowed.
Hooray for adventures accompanied by yarn!