Happy Birthday Elizabeth Zimmermann. Today marks the 99th birthday of this great lady. Without her, knitting would not be what it is. Whether you have heard her name or not, if you are a knitter, you have been touched by her ideas, her patterns, her humor, her spirit. I started knitting the year she passed away. At the time, her name was unknown to me but I felt a spirit pushing me to knit and I have not looked back since. I’d just finished massage school and was suddenly compelled to learn. Just woke up one morning dying to have needles and yarn in my hands.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been “hurting my head” (as my mum says) trying to decide what sweater to knit next and not knitting anything in the process. Today I return to the basics, to the tried and true. I’m casting on a simple saddle shoulder sweater using the EZ percentage system. When in doubt pull out an EZ book and get started. I’ve swatched, done the math and my needles are humming.
Thank you Elizabeth.
Knit on, with confidence and hope, through all crises.
-Elizabeth Zimmermann 1910-1999