In my quest to find knitting techniques that are easier on my arms/elbows, I decided to try a method recommended by a couple of women at my local yarn shop. Portuguese knitting has now become my go-to knitting technique, and I even prefer it over the continental knitting method. I was having a really hard time with my tension when doing the continental method and I’m not having that issue with the Portuguese method. Once I heard that this method was also good for those with some hand/arm issues, I was all over that. After borrowing and studying some books and videos, I was really hooked.
The Portuguese knitting technique involves using a knitting pin, attached near your left shoulder, which the yarn is looped over and helps to tension the yarn.
Then, the main movement for knitting or purling is flicking the yarn with your left thumb to wrap it around the needle. It’s really very easy and, unlike English or continental knitting, purling is EASIER that knitting. No joke. I utilized the Portuguese knitting technique to finish my Dreaming of Spring hat:
I’ll be teaching this hat as a class November 18 at The Spinning Room if you are interested! At any rate, it turned out great and I love it.
I also used the Portuguese knitting method to make my Big Herringbone Cowl:
I modified this pattern to use a size 15 needle and cast on 250 stitches (as opposed to a size 17 needle and 220 stitches cast on). I used Malabrigo Rios which I love, Love, LOVE knitting with. And it will be another class I’m teaching in December at The Spinning Room!
And I am currently using the Portuguese knitting method to make my 21 Color Slouch hat:
(that’s the pattern picture)
Yes, it looks inside out becuase I am knitting it that way so I can purl the body of the hat, instead of knit it. (See aforementioned purling is EASIER than knitting.) There will be a gazillion ends to weave in because of all the color changes but I love this hat so much, I will put up with it. Or wear it with the ends not woven in. Who would know? Besides you.
I will be teaching basic Portuguese knitting techniques in the next couple of months at The Spinning Room if you are interested!
By the way, I was working on that 21 Color Slouch hat on our way to the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck!
It was the most beautiful fall day and we had a great time as usual….
Here is my haul by about 9:45 (gate opens at 9:00)….
(That is a fried artichoke/artichoke French combo in case you were wondering.)
And here is the end-of-day haul:
Wonderful stuff I can’t wait to work with.
In cooking news, I finally made an apple crisp with apples from our local orchard Indian Ladder Farms:
It is so yummy – Paul and I can’t get enough of it. Recipe is from my trusty Good Housekeeping Cookbook that my mom gave me when I moved into my first apartment in 1992.
Also, on the suggestion of my friend Sue, I’m testing out making my own vanilla extract!
(Great book, also given to me by my mom: Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn’t Cook from Scratch–Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods)
It needs to sit in the jar for a couple/three months but I’m hoping to try and use some of it for holiday baking. It is definitely MUCH cheaper to make your own than buy at the store. And so, So, SO easy!
And finally, I got the new Smitten Kitchen cookbook, Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites, from my sister-in-law, brother-in-law and niece for my birthday:
I love Smitten Kitchen and can’t wait to try some of these recipes!
So, as you can see, fall is in full swing here, including starting up the furnace and the wood stove! Bring on the cozy knitting!