Maltese woman doesn't let blindness get in the way of knitting

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A woman who went blind at a young age has been speaking of how she has not let her disability get in the way of one of her life's biggest passions - knitting.

Bridget Micallef, 45 and from the Mediterranean island of Malta, lost her sight after contracting an eye infection as a child, but was keen to continue doing the things she enjoyed.

In order to be able to read knitting patterns, she devised a clever plan that involves having them sent to her by email, the Times of Malta reports.

A piece of software then reads the pattern aloud, whereupon Bridget translates it into Braille using a specialist device for the visually impaired.

Finally, the dedicated crafter can pick up the Braille pattern and her colourful yarn whenever she likes and get on with knitting her latest project.

"Right now I'm doing a very complicated one. I'm using a circular needle for the first time. It's a jacket," she told the news provider.

Bridget credits her knitting teacher and her own determination with overcoming her lack of sight to pursue her hobby, with the tutor relishing the challenge of helping her devise a way of getting each tiny piece of instruction into a format she could read with her fingers.

We're seriously impressed by her dedication - and Bridget even enjoys reading too, by importing Braille books from UK lending libraries.

This just goes to show that you don't need to let anything get in your way when it comes to learning something new or rejuvenating past passions.

If you have never picked up knitting needles before, you can start at any time - why not take a class or go along to a workshop to help you pick up the basics?

You'll be knitting and purling in no time and could soon be completing beautiful projects for yourself or the home. We love the Big Apple Mitts for getting started - and they might be useful for what's left of the cold weather too!

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