This is how I start talking to A when I want to talk about a very specific topic. In fact, the question intonation that I use doesn’t mean that I really want him to answer. The real motivation behind is the conversation that follows: “I don’t know… why do you always have to ask these weird questions?” and here it comes… “Who would it be for you?” Yes! And I would say at this very same moment “Elizabeth Zimmermann of course!”
Now it is more like a joke because he knows what I am up to, he only puts that face, yes, the face you put when you know you have no escape from what is coming. I still use it when I want to initiate the conversation… and I really like to talk about Elizabeth Zimmermann.
Elizabeth Zimmermann (August 9, 1910 – November 30, 1999)
Oh boy! What can I say about EZ that hasn’t been said before? Yes, you are right, nothing! I can only say that yes, it’s true, when I think if I could meet someone dead or alive, she comes to my mind in top of the list. I don’t remember when or how I was introduced to her work but for sure it changed the way I look at knitting.
Reading Knitting Without Tears (KWOT) is not just a learning experience; it is also so fun to read! And of course, The Opinionated Knitter is amazing! This last one let’s you discover a more personal side of her but also some of her most amazing designs such as the Baby Surprise Jacket that I will have to give it a try someday.
The way I see it is that she empowered me (and many many others before and after). Even though I was so new to knitting, reading her books made me believe that I was able to do everything, nothing
was is impossible. The way she wrote is so sincere and fun that if feels like a knitting pal!
Oh boy! Is it normal that I get so excited just by thinking about it? A thinks it is a little bit weird but he tolerates this side relation I have. An open relationship is tha best!
Lately I have knitted 2 sweaters with instructions from KWOT. One is a classic Bottom-up Raglan for A. I guess I will write a post on that one (yes! more EZ blogging!)
And even more recently I have finished a Seamless Hybrid for me… Oh boy, oh boy! What an amazing construction! Of course it deserves another post! (yes and yes! More EZ please!). I haven’t had the time to put all the information on my Ravelry page but I will soon (or not. Remember? PROCRASTINATION!)
Well, more to come! Hope this makes some more knitters and non-knitters (too many still!) out there join the EZ fan club!