Bookish? Thursday: How Elizabeth Zimmerman helped me get my laundry done

You can only ignore your laundry so long.. Then the piles start to attack! The kids start running around the house naked. and you can’t find something decent to wear.

Sigh.

Just when will the invent self cleaning laundry?

Enter.. Elizabeth Zimmerman.

Yes.. Elizabeth Zimmerman. See she must have foreseen that I would need something to do whilst endlessly folding load upon load of laundry.. the part I really hate! (especially the matching of the socks!)

So she and her daughter taped this really great series of shows about knitting. One of the benefits of being in my knitting guild is that they have an extensive library of these videos. So I borrowed some, and off I went folding away as I watched. On occasion causing my husband to run in from the next room when he heard me exclaim, WOOOOOWWW, or GENIUS, to see just what I was going on about.

Needless to say, my laundry is nearly done, and the knitting lobe of my brain has grown at least two sizes.. and I have only watched 5 of the tapes!

If you have the opportunity to borrow or obtain these videos I highly recommend them. They are much likeher books intermingled with little bits of life and fun as Elizabeth and Meg, and various others interact. Not left out are the cats and the camera man who interjects when they are checking their math on occasion!

All in all the videos manage to keep me from running out of the room screaming when the laundry attacks.

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Does This Book Make my Brain Look Fat?

Books on the brain

My mission for the next bit is to do some reading and learning. I also plan to get some ‘official’ knitting credentials on my resume starting with the CYCA certified knitting instructors program. With that in mind the following books have been procured and added to my library..

  1. I had planned to buy The Knitter’s Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn by Clara Parkes (of Knitter’s Review fame) at Rhinebeck, and get her to sign my copy. That carefully thought out plan was thwarted by the publisher when they offered me a review copy.  Now who am I to turn down a free knitting book? So rather than a signed copy, Clara, also agreeing that no one should turn down a free book, kindly signed the back of my Blogger Bingo card, so I might paste the sentiments into the book when it arrived. I planned, sight unseen to keep this book forever.. and now that I have it… not even the temptation of 10 pounds of qiviut could pry it from my hands.. er.. well.. I don’t think so. A full review later. Lets just say I am devouring this book quite in the same manner my children are devouring their Halloween candy!
  2.  Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitting Workshop, if my brain looked skinny before reading this book, it has gained about 10 pounds after getting through about 1/2 of it. I have learned so much from this book and I think that even dedicated loom knitters would benefit from this one! So if you are at the library and they have it check it out!
  3. This one hasn’t hit my mailbox yet so it is not in the pile but I thought No Sheep for You: Knit Happy with Cotton, Silk, Linen, Hemp, Bamboo & Other Delights by Amy Singer, was a must have! I made a trade for this one on Ravelry, and look forward to learning a bit more about these non-wool fibers, though this book might be a bit redundant after reading the Yarn book.
  4. Barbara Walker’s Knitting from the Top has been tauted as a must read. I will be looking at this one carefully, and seeing how knitting from the top can best be applied to looms!
  5. A beautiful volume fit for the coffee table is the book Unexpected Knitting Debbie New nudges the creative side of knitting in this book, which includes a knitted lace BOAT!! yes.. you heard me right, a knitted boat! (and yes it floats!)
  6. Modular knitting is demystified in Dazzling Knits: Building Blocks to Creative Knitting by Patricia Werner, I am hoping that I can wipe de-mist from my brain and learn some of these techniques!
  7. Another review copy came along with the Clara’s book,Kaffe Knits Again: 24 Original Designs Updated for Today’s Knittersthis book is gorgeous! Another coffee table book for knitters! I had to immediately look up the location where the photos were taken.. and sigh… it is in England.. Anyway a full review on this one later too!
  8. I also recently added Marla Richard’s Knitting Board Book to my library as well. This is a great little volume for loom and board knitters.  Great instructions on many of those ‘fancy’ stitch patterns like cables, and ripples and lace and all for knitters who balk at needles!!
  9. An old classic Mary Thomas’s Book of Knitting Patterns is another great one to wade through slowly.. trying EVERYTHING out as you go. The organization of this book is so well thought out, each technique is explained, then built on I have barely had time to touch the surface of this one and plan to have a whole lot of swatches by the time I am done with it!
  10. And what knitter doesn’t need a little know how with a hook? Crocheting School: A Complete Course should help with that, but I think I might just pick up a crochet class at the local Joann’s as well.
  11. Last but certainly not least, the DVD A Knitting GlossaryI picked this up at Rhinebeck as you know, and it is very much worth every penny and more! Not really an item for new knitters, but if you are in the advanced beginner, or intermediate level, then you will want to add this to your Christmas list! I am surely glad I picked this one up!

I will have to share some of my other goals tomorrow.. let the learning commence!

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A Finished object that I can show you!!!!

Isn’t that exciting!!

WOOO HOOO!!
Heart Hat by Elizabeth Zimmermann

Specs:

Heart Hat

Pattern : Elizabeth Zimmermann,

Book: Knitting Workshop

Yarn: Cascade 220, used a bit of each skein.

Needles: Addi US #6, 16″

Alterations.. none really. I pretty much just followed the pattern blindly!

Changes I would make: None really except to use a longer needle, the 16 inch was a little tight.

What I learned: How to knit an applied i-cord after the fact! Genius!!

Love it!! Would be an easy pattern to translate to the loom, a small gauge or extra small gauge loom would work fine. The decrease rows in the heart part would be a bit fiddly, but it’s worth it!

And Now for the Rest of the week’s events!

It seems like this week has been filled with nothing but bad news…but other things happened this week.. good things! I was woken up by the sound of a hot air balloon this morning.. that was kinda neat..

I did some fun knitting..

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The heart hat from Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitting Workshop book. It’s turned out a little smaller than I wanted.. but hey the point was to try it out and have fun! Had to have a little knit in public project..

We have our yard back!

Almost..the grass has to grow in, and I need to get out there and put my Hosta’s back in the ground, and get some landscaping fabric down on some parts so they don’t wash away.

And I finally got my wedding ring resized!!!

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It’s only been about 8 years since I have been able to wear my wedding ring.. so hey I think it’s about time! Don’t you?

I got to ‘read’ a book! The Friday Night Knitting Club. I highly recommend it, to not just knitters.. but knitters will especially appreciate it. I loved it, I hated it and in the end I give it two thumbs up!

Not much else.. mostly work knitting, and I am making progress on that front which means.. it will end!!! WOO HOOO!!!
I really don’t begrudge work.. it’s just taking all my time and focus, and being the ADD knitter that I am there is always something pretty shiney that I want to try! SO I have to buckle down, finish this and then I can move on to some fun! (not that this isn’t fun.. it is.. really..)

*imagine photos of these lovely objects here.. as it seems my camera is not working again this morning! I’ll try to get the pictures to add to the post later!!

The Fall Pattern Sale continues.. so remember to put fallsale in the code box during checkout to get $1.00 off per pattern. And I still have that big box of acrylic available, and I have a couple packs of Rowan Wool Cotton for sale. Check it out here.