For the sake of diversification, I’ve been “expanding my product line” in my Etsy store (I can’t sell physical items at Ravelry…at least I don’t think I can) by making these beautiful knitting pins used in Portuguese style knitting; the pins are very unique because I made them out of Czech glass buttons, of which are incredibly beautiful!!! If you don’t know what it is, check out this video on YouTube:
I normally knit by the method of English “throwing” (right hand does all of the work) but I prefer to use the knitting pin when I knit a knit/purl blanket because it’s very efficient, faster (I can knit about 150 stitches a minute) and doesn’t strain your hands so much. However, I have my own way of doing it; I do the purl technique the exact same way as in the video but instead of the demonstrated knit stitch, I do a continental knit stitch…someday when I’m bored, I’ll make a video of it because I haven’t seen anyone else do it.
It seems like everything that could have happened lately, has. I’ve been working on getting more worsted weight patterns made but life sort of has gotten in the way; a few weeks ago was my precious husband’s birthday, the next day we had to put our beloved 13 year old German Sheppard, Minnie, to sleep because her poor body was just giving out on her. Then barely after going through the anguish of losing her, and seeing how much our Jack Russell, Dexter, missed her too…I had to get spinal surgery. Needless to say, it’s been a tough months so far.
In between the gaps of activity, I was able to get a few patterns done: Worsted Weight Diamonds and Worsted Weight Quilted Stars; both were originally chunky yarn patterns but I converted them to worsted weight yarn. Chunky yarn blankets are lovely in the winter, because they’re soft and heavy, but way too warm for summer (however, they make lovely floor blankets!).
I’ve also have developed a new obsession…Portuguese pin knitting! I love working with worsted weight yarn but lets face it, knitting a blanket with smaller yarn seems to take forever!! But, once I got the hang of pin knitting, I was easily doing 100 stitches a minute, almost twice as fast as standard knitting. I loved it so much, not only did I make a few knitting pins for myself, I made some to sell in my Etsy shop!
If you’d like to see the new knitting patterns, and the older ones that I’ve had posted for a while, please see them at: