I am curious. A friend asked me if I would show her how to do The Magic Loop. She wants to show her daughter in law, a new enthusiastic knitter who wants to try socks, and couldnt figure it out. I will do so, of course, but am curious. It seems to me (old fashioned?) that a new sock knitter perhaps should begin learning with dpns, to learn the basic sock construction first and then move on to double circs or magic loops. Maybe it doesnt matter at all. But I am interested in your reactions. Also which method do you favour? dps, 2cics or Magic Loop? and then, within that, who favours toe up socks and who likes top down? Does one work better than the other depending on type of sock? Also, anyone do the two socks at the same time on 2 circs or Magic loop? Lots of questions here I know, but really curious as to what most of you do/like when it coms to circular knitting, especially socks. I realise there will most likely be no consensus at all here, but would enjoy hearing your experiences and practices.