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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Back to knitting?

Last week, being lax in reading my emails, I didn't know that Craftsy was having a free 24 hour viewing of their online classes.  Thanks to Julia, from The Hexie Blog, who sent out a FB post about the free classes, I found out around 10 p.m. that night.  Thanks, Julia!!!

I hopped right over to Craftsy at 10 p.m. and started to look at a few classes.  Several years ago I took a knitting online class by Sally Melville on Craftsy which I thought was great!  So I thought I'd check out some other knitting classes...I haven't been knitting because of my wrists but thought I'd just see what was out there...just killing time, right!  And what did I find!  A Portuguese Knitting class by Andrea Wong!   I had never heard of Portuguese knitting before but so glad I checked it out!  WOW!
Andrea Wong

I've always wanted to learn Continental knitting but never did.  Portuguese knitting is wonderful and so much better than traditional or Continental knitting!!! There is NO stress on the fingers or wrists!
If you look at the picture of Andrea, you'll see the yarn is on a 'pin' on her shoulder...that's part of the key to this method.  The pins look like this...

Can you believe that!  It's a whole new concept, at least to me, on holding your yarn and stitching.  It's all done with a 'flick' of your left thumb!   It's so easy to purl and even knit!  Who knew!

I went online to our local library and ordered her DVD, which was very similar to the class but not as much detail mainly because it was older.  So Wednesday I sat and grabbed some Peaches and Cream yarn from my stash and started to learn Portuguese knitting while creating a dishcloth!!!

I am so impressed I went out to Andrea's web site and ordered her book and a pin!  I've made my own pin  up but it's nothing I would have anyone  see me wearing!  HA  I won't even take a picture of it!  But it got me through the DVD and knitting!

 I like having a DVD but I also like books and I am going to assume her book has good diagrams just based on how she teaches online and in DVD's.

So if you're like me and love to knit but can't because of arthritis or other wrist issues  check out some you tubes Andrea has  (this is a short youtube she did) or go to and check out her class.  Give it a try and I think you'll be surprised.

Now I'm going to get Sally Melville's book out again and make another sweater/vest!!  It is winter, right!  Oh yea...I do have some art/quilt projects that are coming due but can always use a project to do some hand work at night while watching the boob tube!  That's my story and I'm sticking to it!


  1. That was interesting. I have never heard of Portuguese knitting. I can see it would be so much more easy on your hands. I'm going to share your post with a blog friend of mine that cannot knit anymore because of her arthritic hands.
    xx, Carol

  2. I’m not a knitter but know many…..will pass this helpful info along….tx’s Robbie!!

  3. That looks very interesting. I have never seen that before. It sure looks like it would be easier on the wrists.

  4. Good for you! Always a life long learner!

  5. Hmm... I never hear of this style of knitting either. But it's wonderful that it offers relief to hands and wrists. Interesting. We finally got our power back on Saturday night. Life has been very much on hold in Irma's aftermath. This will be a slow slog to recovery throughout the state! Our property and animals fared well through the storm. Phew.

  6. I had heard of that style of knitting, but it sounded complicated. I had to give up regular knitting because of tendonitis in my arm that flared every time I knitted, plus arthritis in the thumbs. At least the sewing machine is kind to me.

  7. Carole (of beads and birds) sent me your blog to specifically check this post. I, as well, have never heard of Portuguese Knitting, and will thoroughly check into it. I have arthritis issues in my hands, especially my thumb joints (one is in recovery from surgery), and the thing I miss most is knitting some of my hand spun yarns. I hope this method is helpful! Best wishes, Barbara

  8. Congratulations on completing your huge deck project. Portuguese knitting is a new one I have never heard of nor tried. She makes it look so simple! You will have it mastered in no time at all. Lovely necklace and Gogeous Fiber Card you are sending her. Isn't blogging great?!! Happy Falling into Autumn...<3

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