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!
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 https://www.craftsy.com/ 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!