Wednesday, November 19, 2008

out from under my rock

In the introduction to the Taiga pattern, Mabel Corlett credits the ideas behind the construction of her design to Elizabeth Zimmerman. The sweater is knit in the round - sleeves first, then the body, all of which come together at the yoke and finish at the neck. So the only finishing will be to knit the sleeves to the body at the underarms and darn in the ends. LOVE that!

Apparently I've been living under a rock, because Elizabeth Zimmerman is incredibly famous. She wrote books, she had an instructional series about knitting on PBS which is still available on VHS and DVD and she designed many patterns. And is credited with inventing "i-Cord", short for "idiot cord". But my favourite thing about EZ today is her motto - Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises. Words to knit by!

... running off to cast on the first sleeve ...

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