The results of my experiment were clear and useful: I’m not a fan of bamboo double-pointed needles (dpn's) for this project. For tiny stitches like these, I prefer the slide of metal needles and the simplicity of magic loop.
I have a line in one of my books, Homefront Hero, where a war hero is learning to knit socks on dpn’s, and he says, “I feel like I’m wrangling a porcupine!” That’s exactly how I felt working this. It’s not that I don’t like double-points—I don't mind them in larger sizes. These itty bitty ones, however, gave me fits. I found it poignant—and amusing—that they came with the following warning on the package:
“These should be used with all due care as these may cause injury if used improperly by an untrained/unfamiliar person.”
Maybe not injury, and I’m certainly trained, but they caused frustration and annoyance in this particular knitter on this particular project.
And so, it is with great delight that I share the news that the next section—the Rosebud Wrists—settled itself perfectly on a two-at-a-time magic loop circ. Hooray! I’ll fly through the four repeats in happiness.
Until the thumb gusset, which may (or may not) require the reintroduction of dpns. Ah, the adventure of knitting…