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Old 02-22-2007, 12:42 PM   #11
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I think it looks really neat. I notice that she dips the yarn under the next sts before dropping it off the needle, I wonder what that looks like. I think I'll give it a try sometime. I'm sure you don't really have to have the yarn around your neck, probably just helps keep it out of the way and with even tension. Probably not the kind of thing you would do on the bus but then neither is the intarsia sweater I am making for my brother (why oh why am I double stranding one of the colors?)

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Old 02-22-2007, 01:25 PM   #12
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Actually, it looks really, really easy to me. I like how her thumb gets to do some work.

But I agree about cumbersome...I think knitting with straight needles is probably faster, but we have to remember, not everyone wants to knit fast. Many people simply enjoy the act of knitting, so the longer it takes, the more knitting they get to enjoy.
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Old 02-22-2007, 02:22 PM   #13
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Thanks for sharing the video. She comments that those needles are the traditional Portuguese needles. It actually makes a lot of sense to me to have the hook on the end. It would prevent losing your yarn when you try to pull through your stitch. Pretty ingenious IMHO. I love to get some of those needles. It looks pretty stressless.

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Old 02-22-2007, 02:24 PM   #14
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It looks interesting, if the needles were available around here I would like to give it a try if only to see what it's like.
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Old 02-22-2007, 05:01 PM   #15
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Well, a search for "Portuguese" knitting needles revealed zip. I went to Lacis online catalog and found this, excerpted below:

"HOOK / POINT KNITTING NEEDLES
The preferred knitting tool amongst many cultures. 10" coated aliuminum shaft with hook on one end and knitting point on the other. Sold in sets of 5 needles of the same size."

So they are available and apparently known to several cultures.

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Old 02-22-2007, 05:22 PM   #16
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That actually looks like it makes it much easier for someone to learn to knit. My boyfriend would be a pro in no time with that. He can never 'hook' the yarn with the needles. He gets SO frustrated with regular needles.

Thanks for sharing the video, I'm now interested in all types of ways the rest of the world knits.
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Old 02-22-2007, 05:39 PM   #17
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It's kinda neato, but I'm happy with English and Continental.
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...but I'm happy with English and Continental.
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