A few days ago, I had another 50% off coupon for Michaels, and debated getting another circular set because I had read somewhere that you can knit in the round using 2 circular needles. I thought that would be a good way to save money on needles, since this set contained needles from size 2-15, with 20", 24", 29", and 36" cables. I practically wouldn't need to buy any more needles! Since I didn't mind using the first set, I really considered it and went ahead and bought the second set.
Yesterday, I ran across a discussion in the Ravelry forums about Magic Loop knitting, and decided I wanted to give it a try before I opened the second circular set. It was the perfect time to try it, because I had a baby hat I've been wanting to make for someone which called for size 10.5 DPNS, which I didn't have, but my circular needles would still be too long to knit the little hat with. This is the video I used, but of course there are a ton of them:
So, I connected the 36" and 29" cables from the first interchangeable needle set, and attempted the magic loop. At first, I was fumbling with the cables the whole time, and I felt like my knitting was so inconsistent, but eventually I got used to it. The only issue I had was getting the stitches from the cable back onto the needles. The stitches were stubborn and didn't want to go back on. Perhaps my knitting was running tight. I also couldn't figure out how to effectively use a stitch marker to mark my rounds, but the tail let me know when I was starting another round. However, it was nice to only have to deal with 2 needles versus 4, and the fact that Baby D couldn't come up when I wasn't looking and run off with a DPN leaving dropped stitches was a really big bonus.