About Andrea

I was born in Brazil and came to this country in 1991. Since then I’ve had two children and have been knitting avidly. I started teaching knitting in a local shop 5 years ago and now I travel this country and Canada doing what I love the most!

23 thoughts on “About Andrea

  1. I love this way of knitting. I am having problems with 2 stiches . k-b and p-b ( knit in back and pearl in back). That does not seem to be on your DVD. Do you have a DVD that covers stich techniques?

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  2. Dear Sharon,

    I sent you an email as well today. Please refer to my DVD “The Portuguese Style of Knitting” where I show the SSK decrease. It’s just like I knit in the back.
    To purl in the back will be a suggestion for my next DVD but if you cannot figure it out, please let me know and I will try to call you and explain to you.

    Thank you,

    Andrea

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  3. I wondered the same thing and tried just as you suggested to Sharon. However, it was difficult to insert the needle without snagging. The pattern called for 230 stitches done this way.

    What I did was turn the work to RS, in my case as I was doing k-b on the wrong side to make a turned hymn, and then purled in the Portuguese way left-handed. Strange at first but in about 10 stitches I was moving right along.

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  4. I’m Portuguese, born in the Azores, and have been knitting with the yarn around my neck all my life. My grandmother and mother taught me to knit when I was a child. I get lots of comments from people who see me knit and are unaware of this style of knitting. Even though I can knit using the American style, I perfer the Portuguese Style since my stitches are much more even and uniform ,It’s so much easier to keep a steady tension in the yarn.
    It’s a good style of knitting to learn!

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  5. Hi there. I was just looking up portuguese knitting in wikipedia and found the word andrea in the search results because of language origins of the name, so I followed the link and found this: “In Romania Andreea is a feminine name and it is written with an extra “e” to avoid confusion with the Romanian word “andrea” meaning knitting needle.” How about that!

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    • Hi Eric! Thank you so much for letting me know. I am very happy to learn that! I will copy and paste your comment as a post if you don’t mind.

      Andrea

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  6. Hi, Andrea…we are going to Lisbon Dec. 31, and as I love to knit, I’d like to find some yarn stores there. I looked on the net, but haven’t found any, but I read that you had found some. Could you tell me where they are located? Thanks very m uch

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    • Dear Susan,

      I am sorry I did not get this email before you left. I was away for the Holidays myself with very limited access to the internet. I found the following shops:
      Adriano Coelho
      Rua da Conceicao, 121
      Lisboa

      Tricots Brancal
      Rua dos Franqueiros 254
      Lisboa

      Alexandre Bento Retrosaria
      Rua da Conceicao, 67
      Lisboa

      I hope you check your email. Enjoy Lisbon

      Andrea

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      • Hi, Andrea,

        I just came upon this old email about yarn shops in Lisbon. I am going to Portugal at the end of October and will be in Porto and in Lisbon. I would love to know about any yarn stores that I can visit. I will bring this list from 2010, but wonder if you have any more current info.

        Thank you.

        Ellen

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      • Hi Ellen,

        How exciting to be going to Portugal! Unfortunately I have not been back neither I have an updated list. Please visit Retrosaria in Lisbon, which belongs to Rosa Pomar. She works very hard to keep all Portuguese crafts alive. Tell her I refer you to visit, please.

        When you return, maybe you can help me put a list together.I are planing a knitting cruise in Portugal for next year with visits around knitting villages and other crafts places and I would love your input.

        Andrea

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  7. Hi Andrea
    I took your class in east lansing and mentioned a book–the author is jared diamond, esp his book guns, germs, & steel. I am practicing and getting better–enjoyed the class a lot. when you come for a book signing, could you bring your beginner’s handout? See you–sharon albert

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    • Thank you for the author’s name Sharon. I am proud of you that you are practicing this style. When I come to book signing i will be glad to bring another handout, but you will have to remind me when it gets close.

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  8. Oi Andrea tudo bem? Moro em NY e na semana passada eu estava na Lion Brand Yarn Studio fui ter uma aula, comecei a fzer trico há pouco tempo (eu sei tricotar há muitos anos aprendi no Brasil e na epoca eu fazia algumas coisinhas) e ñ tenho muitas tecnicas, como costurar o trabalho enfim eu preciso aprender muitas coisas e eu estava nesta loja numa aula, fazendo meu trico (como se faz no Brasil com a lã em volta do pescoço) e de repente chegou uma garota que trabalha na loja e me falou dos Pins, ela estava usando 1, mas ñ tive tempo de entrar em detalhes com ela, havia muita gente e hoje eu fui novamente na loja e perguntei p/ ela onde ela havia comprado pq eu gostaria de comprar um, aí ela me deu seu site, mas eu nem imaginava que vc seria brasileira, qdo cheguei em casa fui entrar no site p/ ver os pins e fazer meu pedido, qdo li sobre vc e fiquei + feliz em saber que vc é Brasileira e que seus pins fazem sucesso em NY, só que ñ consegui visualizar as fotos dos pins poristo ainda ñ pude fazer meu pedido. Andrea parabéns por este trabalho e que bom fazla em portugues e eu gostaria de ter seus livros e DVDs, ja tem alguma coisa sua no Brasil? Lá tem muitas tricoteiras!!!! Sucesso sempre….
    Bjs,
    Wilma.

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  9. I am a beginning knitter ( have knit socks and hats and mittens on round and double pointed) considering your class at Rhinebeck. However i want to knit from my hand spun yarns. I looked at your beautiful pins and wondered if fibers would get snagged or caught? oddly, in general it seems as if there are two paths at Rhinebeck one that focuses on spinning and the other on knit, crochet or weaving ALL using commercially spun yarn… Any advice welcom

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    • Dear Sabra,

      I consider you a intermediate knitter, not a beginner. You are going to learn another way to knit and the same rules apply for the other styles. DO you use your hand spun for knitting? Do they come apart because they are not tightly spun? If you have no problems knitting with them, you are not going to have a problem with Portuguese knitting. I hope you can come to my class!

      Andrea

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  10. where can I get the dvd, I also knit as portuguese style, I learned with my grandma when I was about 6 years old, but i do like to learn a little more tricks to it

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  11. I just came back from Lisbon. I love it! I always try to visit yarn stores when I travel but did not have the time on this short visit. I do plan to return though and was searching Internet as I came across your blog. I am interested in your method of knitting and some replies mentioned a DVD. Where can I find it? Obrigada

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    • Dear Lisa,

      I love Lisbon as well! I am glad you enjoyed your visit! Yes, I teach the Portuguese Style of Knitting for 12 years now and I have published 3 DVDs and a book. I think you are going to enjoy the book as I have all the inspiration pictures of Portugal, a little bit about the history and tales.
      You can find my DVDs, book, knitting pin and Portuguese Knitting needles on my website or on my Etsy shop : https://www.etsy.com/shop/AndreaWongKnits?ref=hdr_shop_menu

      Please let me know if this helps,

      Obrigada voce,

      Andrea Wong

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  12. Hi, Andrea,

    I am so sorry for the delay in getting back to you. My computer was in the shop and I was beside myself. I had spilled water with apple cider vinegar on it. Not good move. But all is well now. I would be happy to be in touch and let you know about any yarn stores that I find. We will be in Porto, Lisbon, and then a few smaller places.

    From my online research, I could not find much and was surprised. Perhaps word of mouth when I am there will be easier.

    I am going to Rhinebeck for the first time next month. Is this something that you attend?

    Thanks.

    Ellen

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  13. Hi Ellen,

    I am glad all is well with your computer now. Enjoy your trip to Portugal!
    I have taught at Rhinebeck for several years and it is one of my favorite events. However a couple of years ago the people that manage and organize it changed and they did not accept my proposals. I appreciate if you put a word for me there when you go!

    Please keep in touch,

    Andrea

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