So much for being organized and all that.
Anyway, what I WAS GOING to say is that magic loop has changed everything for me. No really, it has. I went from ABHORRING knitting-in-the-round on circulars to trying to figure out a way to do EVERYTHING like that.
So how does it work, you ask? Well, I could sit here and a) try to explain it verbally (which would lead to me going cross-eyed) or b) I could just embed some professionally-produced videos for your reference. How 'bout we stick with option b, eh?
I think it's pretty clear from the video that you can use the magic loop to knit all sorts of objects with a small circumference. You can even knit two things at once (like socks or sleeves):
You can see how this would become addictive, right? Second Sock Syndrome: cured. Forgetting to take notes on modifications for the first mitten when it comes time to knitting the second: not a problem. Wanting to make sure that the sleeves are EXACTLY the same length: done.
Whoever invented this deserves a Nobel Peace Prize, am I right?
And there's a bunch of peeps on Ravelry are participating in a KAL on a cabled hat, so I thought I'd add this one (though it has nothing to do with magic loop):