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An Ode to Pioneer Knitter Elizabeth Zimmermann

Aug 9, 2010

by jilldrapermakesstuff

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Jill_bio.jpgDear Knitter,

This salutation begins each of the originally typewritten newsletters (with hand drawn schematics, no less) sent out semiannually by the dear and cherished knitter, Elizabeth Zimmermann. Although I entered the “knitting world” long after publication of these newsletters had passed on to her daughter, Meg Swansen (now they are composed on a computer), and after the two seasons of “The Busy Knitter” were no longer aired on public TV, I still felt Elizabeth was writing just to me. That was one of Elizabeth’s great skills: making each reader feel they had received a letter from a far away, but incredibly skilled, friend. Elizabeth Zimmermann was born 100 years ago today and the knitting world hasn’t been the same since.

Elizabeth Zimmerman is still a mentor to many who, like myself, never had the pleasure of sharing her company. Elizabeth’s name has become shorthand throughout the knitting community. “EZ” is referenced often without further explanation, and a search of Ravelry (a social networking site for fiber lovers) currently shows almost 14,000 projects tagged with “EZ.” Some of the patterns Elizabeth created have become staple samples hanging in just about every knitting shop. From New York to San Francisco, you can find a “Baby Surprise Jacket” knit in the yarn of the moment and accessorized with the latest shipment of buttons. “Pi Are Square” shawls decorate windows and walls — not to mention shoulders — from Charlotte to Chicago. The hearty and useful “Moccasin Socks” have at this point graced several generations of feet. These patterns are truly amazing!

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Simplicity, utility and ingenuity are Elizabeth’s hallmarks. The “EPS,” or Elizabeth’s Percentage System, has guided the design of countless in-the-round sweaters.  It’s a simple algebra equation that correlates the size of the chest measurement to each of the sweater’s parts. This method is so popular that the New York Times felt it important enough to mention several times within Elizabeth’s 1999 obituary. 

In A Knitter’s Almanac, Elizabeth knits her way through a year of projects and patterns that are woven with snippets of personal stories. Each chapter is closed with “pithy directions,” if one does not have the inclination to sift through the prose for the pertinent details. In my opinion, those who simply knit Elizabeth’s patterns without reading her words are really missing out — not just the friendly guidance and ample tips and hints, but also the stories. Elizabeth freely shares the inspiration for the patterns, design decisions she made — or in some cases, un-made.

Knitting Around includes dozens of useful patterns interspersed with “digressions,” creating a brief autobiography of Elizabeth’s life. She EZ_Knitting_Around.jpgwrites about her childhood in post-war Great Britain and her experience studying art abroad. She even touches on her immigration to America, which occurred because her soon-to-be-husband had to escape Hilter’s Germany after comparing some of the dictator’s architecture to outhouses! Elizabeth’s words are filled with honesty, optimism and a British steadfastness, lest we forget which country came up with the motto “Keep Calm and Carry On.”

Elizabeth encourages experimentation and customization in her patterns, and she often references other author’s books where she found wisdom or a good technique. Elizabeth was not a designer that wanted her patterns to exist in a static state, and she often gently pushed the knitter to “try it with a hood” or think about “how would it be with a lace pattern here?”.  A major proponent of circular knitting and simple finishing, Elizabeth’s favored yarns were natural fibers, as this point is made several times throughout her writing. However, her patterns could be customized to the knitter’s preferred yarn and gauge.

Elizabeth writes on the absolute pleasure of knitting: the joy of a wandering mind and busily stitching fingers. Her generosity of spirit and inquisitiveness is carried on by her collaborator, co-conspirator and daughter, Meg Swansen, who been writing the Wool Gathering newsletters since taking over for her mother. She also runs Schoolhouse Press, a publishing house (and much more!) that spreads not only Elizabeth’s work, but also many other amazing knitting titles. You can still go to Elizabeth’s beloved Wisconsin and attend Knitting Camp, hosted by Meg each summer, or order the Sheepsdown yarn Elizabeth had specially commissioned by a local mill.

Although Elizabeth herself is no longer here to answer the letters or “unvent” more techniques, we can each curl up with one of her books and feel as though a great friend is sitting at our knee, whispering words of encouragement as we knit.

 “Knit on, with confidence and hope, through all crises.” — Elizabeth Zimmerman

About the author: Jill Draper, a.k.a. jilldrapermakesstuff, is a magpie, collecting sparkly bits and bright colors, filling her pockets with smooth stones and feathers. Jill has been a knitter for almost as long as she can remember and currently writes hand knitting patterns and creates yarn in her cozy craftsman bungalow in Upstate New York. Jill teaches classes and won’t be satisfied until each and every person has something handmade hanging in their closet. You can read her random (usually fiber-related) ramblings on her blog.

Did you learn to knit with Elizabeth Zimmermann? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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127 comments

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 7 years ago

    I love crafting and history, so this was a beautiful read. Thank you Elizabeth Zimmermann for your contribution to knitting, Happy 100th Birthday :)

  • JaniceCordeiro

    JaniceCordeiro said 7 years ago

    Now that's a great article. Very well done. I think I'm addicted to all fiber.

  • VeronicaRStudio

    VeronicaRStudio said 7 years ago

    I don't knit, but what has Ms. Zimmerman done for the knitting comunity is incredible! Happy Birthday Elizabeth!

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion said 7 years ago

    great article! Happy Birthday Elizabeth :O)

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee said 7 years ago

    This is fantastic! I keep meaning to break into the yarn I have and learn to knit again! Beautiful article. Thank you for sharing this piece of history with us! ~Wren ZenAndCoffee.etsy.com Arm Warmers & Fingerless Gloves for all seasons & styles! <3

  • sajataeford2bd

    sajataeford2bd said 7 years ago

    Such a wonderful article.

  • buysomelove

    buysomelove said 7 years ago

    Happy Birthday Elizabeth! Enjoyed this lovely read. Love all the knitted goodies. I myself, learnt to knit but am nowhere near as talented as many of the sellers featured. Should really polish off my knitting needles and give it another go.

  • junkyardglitter

    junkyardglitter said 7 years ago

    Knitastic!

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 7 years ago

    Fabulous article! ❤Happy Birthday, Elizabeth! :)

  • emetalworks

    emetalworks said 7 years ago

    An amazing woman - thanks for celebrating her!

  • natalya1905

    natalya1905 said 7 years ago

    No doubt, Elizabeth Zimmerman is a knitting guru and legend. Her books are amazing, her techniques are flawless. Thank you very much for this article, Jill!

  • wantsky

    wantsky said 7 years ago

    Elizabeth please channel your knitting powers and teach me your ways! Happy b-day:) x Jane

  • BeaumontStudio

    BeaumontStudio said 7 years ago

    I have a special place in my heart for knitters. My aunt is a knitter and would send me on treasure hunts for her warm winter hat creations.

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 7 years ago

    I did not know about this fascinating lady. Thank you for sharing her with us! :)

  • PaintedHorse

    PaintedHorse said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful, engaging article! Not a knitter, I had never heard of "EZ" but thanks to you, Jill, I feel like I not only know her but admire and respect her as well. What a lovely homage. I'm certain Elizabeth would have been very pleased. Thank you for sharing this.

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 7 years ago

    Love the quote at the end! Beautiful article and articles of knitted creation!

  • tortillagirl

    tortillagirl said 7 years ago

    I am a better knitter because of Elizabeth Zimmerman and I knit while reading, thanks to her. (Props to Montse Stanley, too. Beginning knitters: sleep with her handbook under your pillow. Seriously.)

  • emetalworks

    emetalworks said 7 years ago

    an amazing woman - thanks for celebrating her!

  • purlsofcolour

    purlsofcolour said 7 years ago

    Woah, I have never heard of Elizabeth Zimmermann - and I am a knitter - but she sounds like a really interesting person. Must get my mitts on one of her books! And I agree on the natural fibers :) Happy Birthday, Elizabeth *waves knitting needles*

  • OffTheHooks

    OffTheHooks said 7 years ago

    thank you to EZ for changing the way we knit!

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin said 7 years ago

    THANKS for sharing I to love knitting an crafting check me out at www.jusadreamin.etsy.com THANKS

  • strawberrycouture

    strawberrycouture said 7 years ago

    Wow. She looks like she is knitting what she is wearing. Thank you Elizabeth for spawning a centuries old pastime!

  • electricbluebird

    electricbluebird said 7 years ago

    I came across one of her books at a yard sale and I was inspired to learn. I had been crocheting for years. She is an inspiration in so many ways. I am still a beginning knitter but she always keeps me from giving up.

  • happyfuzzyyarn

    happyfuzzyyarn said 7 years ago

    Elizabeth changed my life. I love her attitude.

  • PreciousAlibi

    PreciousAlibi said 7 years ago

    Thank you Elizabeth for teaching me to knit! I still keep your "Knitting Workshop" book in my knitting bag. Happy Birthday!

  • KeepEvolving

    KeepEvolving said 7 years ago

    She has such a beautiful face and she looks so content as she knits. I too love to knit and what a joy to be able to spend your time working the craft that you love.

  • KnitFrekkles

    KnitFrekkles said 7 years ago

    Fabulous article, every piece of knitting history I discover just reminds me how much I have yet to learn.

  • ClareBears

    ClareBears said 7 years ago

    Wow, what a lady. I am going to have to get the re-release of her book when it comes out in the UK. It's already on my letter to Santa.

  • bcheri

    bcheri said 7 years ago

    Years and years ago I found Elizabeth at my local library in a book called "Knitting Without Tears." Though knitting rarely drove me to tears (but it has happened), I was engaged by the writing the moment I opened the book and was captivated by the idea that mere mortals like me could actually take control of their knitting. EZ showed me the common sense and logic that could be applied to knitted items, for which I've been grateful these many years since.

  • sweetpeatoadtots

    sweetpeatoadtots said 7 years ago

    Happy birthday Elizabeth! Thanks for all the wisdom!

  • knittingguru

    knittingguru said 7 years ago

    I've been knitting since I was four years old, but it was "Knitting Without Tears" that encouraged me to design my knitwear from scratch rather than just adapting patterns. Since then I've never used a pattern I didn't design myself. Zimmerman's style of writing gives courage to knitters. She's the Julia Child of the knitting world!

  • leelian

    leelian said 7 years ago

    Ms Zimmerman - she's awesome. I got her book 'knitting without tears' which made me see knitting in a more 'fun', relax way, and it made making your own sweaters seem really easy..I used her book as a guide for my first cardigan design - sweater knitted in a round and then cut in half to be a cardigan!

  • PosyMoe

    PosyMoe said 7 years ago

    Oh how I adore Mrs. Zimmerman. She's been my hero since I looked through my grandmother's copies of her publications. She was a true pioneer.

  • stellabystar

    stellabystar said 7 years ago

    We have so many vintage knitting books in our shop right now that I'm tempted to look at a few to see if they make any sense to me (although I doubt they will since I don't know the first thing about knitting!). I'm always in awe of people in waiting rooms or whatnot who knit or crochet away, without even having to look at what they are doing! Happy birthday, Elizabeth!

  • themarketintheglen

    themarketintheglen said 7 years ago

    I am a total knitting newbie, so this is an awesome tribute article and I can't wait to go get "Knitting Around". Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm about such a great crafting role model!

  • sewnewthings

    sewnewthings said 7 years ago

    I just love collecting knitting needles (can't knit to save myself....)! You knitters are clever :)

  • branda

    branda said 7 years ago

    Thanks for share with us this wonderful story! Now we are fans of Elizabeth Zimmermann! :-) :-)

  • CandacesCloset

    CandacesCloset said 7 years ago

    Great article and a great tribute.

  • AthenaCreates

    AthenaCreates said 7 years ago

    Yup..love EZ's books! I made my youngest dd a baby surprise jacket when she was 1 and it turned out so cute. :)

  • jewellerytreasures

    jewellerytreasures said 7 years ago

    interesting read some great finds etsy

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 7 years ago

    I never knew about her.. then again I know nothing about knitting. I love her quote though: "Knit on, with confidence and hope, through all crises." Adore the apple jacket! I think I need one for my momma!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Fantastic and really so happy for this awesome history ! Thanks for your time ! I hope when we can live long time with our energy and with crafting :)

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 7 years ago

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  • DagnyKnit

    DagnyKnit said 7 years ago

    Great article!

  • anniecatblue

    anniecatblue said 7 years ago

    Wonderfully written! EZ was truly fantastic.

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 7 years ago

    A true legend ~ I'd like to think that she would be so proud to see the many knitters that are represented on Etsy! Happy 100th!

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 7 years ago

    Lovely article - she work is an inspiration. thank you.

  • Easy123

    Easy123 said 7 years ago

    Happy Birthday Elizabeth! Have all of your books :)

  • juliani

    juliani said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring, thank you! :)

  • YumYumPendants

    YumYumPendants said 7 years ago

    What a nice homage!

  • HandmaidenBC

    HandmaidenBC said 7 years ago

    I love Elizabeth Zimmerman's books. She is soo compelling, I have knit the Baby Surprize Jacket many times with nary a baby in sight! Happy Birthday.

  • PaperPicker

    PaperPicker said 7 years ago

    i am not a knitter, so i have never heard of zimmerman. loved the article and the chance to hear a bit about her.

  • cridesigns

    cridesigns said 7 years ago

    I love Elizabeth Zimmerman! I think what I learn most from her was to relax and enjoy my knitting. Happy birthday Elizabeth!! Smiles.....

  • twoknit

    twoknit said 7 years ago

    I love her books !!! Thank you for a wonderful article.

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 7 years ago

    I love her designs.It's a great article. I knit and crochet since I was a little girl and my passion is now my lovely job. So cast on.... it's so relaxing and great fun!

  • hodgepodgefarm

    hodgepodgefarm said 7 years ago

    she was such a pioneer and an inspiration; happy birthday EZ! and excellent article miss draper!

  • unitedthread

    unitedthread said 7 years ago

    Great article! Thank you.

  • RubyBeets

    RubyBeets said 7 years ago

    Thank you! Who Knew!

  • Vegancraftastic

    Vegancraftastic said 7 years ago

    Yay for EZ!

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 7 years ago

    Yeah, a skill/hobby that should be explored,it is a wonderful rewarding way to pass an evening. THANKS!!

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 7 years ago

    Interesting and informative!

  • damenamedredd

    damenamedredd said 7 years ago

    happy birthday Elizabeth!

  • Ebrown2503

    Ebrown2503 said 7 years ago

    I didn't learn to knit from Elizabeth Zimmerman. My mother taught me and watched me struggle with my leftie tendencies. But it's funny because I picked this book up at the library the other day during my lunch hour. Her writings started with a newsletter, as humble as many of the blogs sprinkling the internet these days. It's exciting to imagine new brilliance being born. Nice article.

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 7 years ago

    Time to pick up those dusty knitting needles! Swell feature.

  • Joanna1966

    Joanna1966 said 7 years ago

    Great article !!

  • mahlicadesigns

    mahlicadesigns said 7 years ago

    Many thanks for such women who have given so much of themselves to enable us to create and grow.

  • stockannette

    stockannette said 7 years ago

    Nicely done!

  • PotterBeanie

    PotterBeanie said 7 years ago

    I want an apple jacket!

  • VintageScriptPress

    VintageScriptPress said 7 years ago

    Great article keep on knitting!!

  • jilldrapermakesstuff

    jilldrapermakesstuff said 7 years ago

    Thanks to everyone for the nice comments! If you've never read Elizabeth's books or seen the videos I suggest buying them or borrowing from your local library, I think there is lots of inspiration to be found in her words & work.

  • Feille

    Feille said 7 years ago

    Yay for EZ! Just a lowly crocheter myself, even I have had the pleasure of "knowing" EZ!

  • AtomicLuLu

    AtomicLuLu said 7 years ago

    I borrowed my first sweater book a few years back and just love this woman to death. I follow her daughter online and just believe this legacy is something every knitter should know. What a great article!

  • spiritetc

    spiritetc said 7 years ago

    She is a blessing to all us knitters who have struggled in so many ways to become good knitters.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    Wonderfully written article about EZ thanks for sharing a tidbit about her life and yours as well. I learned to knit as a child from my mom who was a very talented creative person unlike myself. Keep on knitting to carry on the tradition.

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 7 years ago

    Wonderful feature. I adore wonderful knits and respect a true artist who so enjoys her work.

  • Petuniapie

    Petuniapie said 7 years ago

    What a pleasure to read! I came to knitting late in life...just learned a year and a half ago. I love the Elizabeth Zimmerman books, and I find her enthusiasm and common sense to be a real help to me. My goal is to knit a baby surprise sweater this winter.

  • chrdesigns

    chrdesigns said 7 years ago

    What a great article! My mom tried to teach me to knit, and though I love the zen state one can achieve with knitting a scarf, that is about as far as I got. I will need to read some of EZ's writing for inspiration....I know I have some yarn around here waiting to be something other than another muffler!

  • WoodPigeon

    WoodPigeon said 7 years ago

    I love EZ! Happy 100th birthday!

  • archaicdesign

    archaicdesign said 7 years ago

    what a lovely article, thank you.

  • lrlspencer

    lrlspencer said 7 years ago

    This was awesome...great fun to read. Thank you!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 7 years ago

    Lovely story & tribute to EZ! I am new to knitting & crocheting as of this january....lovin it so far!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 7 years ago

    ...thank you for the educational article about a truly inspiring mother & daughter legacy. if i ever do take up knitting, i will get one of their lovely books! XO

  • ravenspaperjewelry

    ravenspaperjewelry said 7 years ago

    I never met EZ in person but have loved her as a friend through the words of her books for many years. I wasn't even a knitter when I first met her in Knitting Without Tears, but I loved reading what she had to say about knitting, about inventing, about bending the rules and playing with new approaches. At that time I was a weaver so we were fellow travelers. I'm not a knitter now, either, but have always enjoyed the bright spirit and good nature I sense in her as I read her writing. Last week I was perusing shelves of used books in a local store and saw Knitting Without Tears and it was like greeting an old friend. I couldn't just leave it there ---- so I brought it home and I'm glad. Happy BIrthday, Elizabeth!

  • TheSecondFiddle

    TheSecondFiddle said 7 years ago

    That's for the wonderful article! I'm planning on reading some of Elizabeth's books soon. I'm also learning to spin my own yarn. Thanks so much, The Second Fiddle

  • fabfashion

    fabfashion said 7 years ago

    loved the article!

  • madeofsherbert

    madeofsherbert said 7 years ago

    I hate modern pattern book that are use as a advertising ploy for you to buy there yarn. They don't tell you what ply it is just there brand name. It makes it hard to use alternate yarns.

  • SandraEterovic

    SandraEterovic said 7 years ago

    On this rainy afternoon in Melbourne, I want to leave the office and go home, back to my knitting. I love EZ, not least because she would knit while sitting on the back of her husband's motorcycle.

  • originalsbyannemarie

    originalsbyannemarie said 7 years ago

    I always heard about Elizabeth Zimmermann but very much enjoyed this article. I am knitting for years - and there have been many - and so have been coming across the pioneers and their classic works in our craft by keeping involved in everything about it.

  • atomicblue

    atomicblue said 7 years ago

    I've always done everything out of the box. It's comforting that EZ did it far before.....truly an innovative knitter. I can't help wonder what she would have thought about the art yarn movement. It's one that I'm thrilled to be a part of!

  • naturalblendings

    naturalblendings said 7 years ago

    Great article. Have been a knitter for many years, have not read any of EZ's books, but will look them up. Love the choice of shops, the yarns, patterns, and notions for knitters. There goes my favorite list again, growing growing !! Thanks

  • jaknitsea

    jaknitsea said 7 years ago

    Love the article! Love Elizabeth Zimmerman! I became aware of her in the 80's from Vogue Knitting Magazine and have coveted her articles and books since. Happy Birthday Elizabeth! Happy Birthday to my Mom Mary Jo as well!

  • wearthou

    wearthou said 7 years ago

    I would have been a better knitter if I had known about her! Thanks for celebrating her and giving her the honor she deserves!! There is hope yet for me!!

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 7 years ago

    Amazing. I love yarns and fibers in general. Happy bday EZ!

  • elineof

    elineof said 7 years ago

    What a great article. As a Norwegian knitter I learned about Elisabeth Zimmerman a few years ago. I have all her books and find her a source of inspiration not only in my designs but also in giving the gift of knitting to new generations.

  • ayawedding

    ayawedding said 7 years ago

    happy birthday Elizabeth:) great article

  • rolanddesigns

    rolanddesigns said 7 years ago

    I'm a crochet freak, but I also love knitting...just wish I had more time...but then, don't we all ?

  • BeppeMartha

    BeppeMartha said 7 years ago

    Highly inspired right now! Excelent article!

  • southernladysvintage

    southernladysvintage said 7 years ago

    Happy 100th EZ! What an inspiration!

  • kukkilintu

    kukkilintu said 7 years ago

    Love EZ! She has had a strong impact on my knitting as well.

  • LifeCovers

    LifeCovers said 7 years ago

    Oh, and I think I'm the 100th comment!

  • CamilleMarie

    CamilleMarie said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the introduction to such an inspirational person! I'm looking forward to reading more about her.

  • keepingfingersbusy

    keepingfingersbusy said 7 years ago

    What a great article. It's a pleasure to read something so well written on someone who I worship as much as EZ. Happy Birthday!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 7 years ago

    Great article.

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 7 years ago

    Happy Birthday to a class act

  • knitmystique

    knitmystique said 7 years ago

    All she knits is love

  • LuBluDesigns

    LuBluDesigns said 7 years ago

    This is great. I just rediscovered my love for knitting! Thanks.

  • Yarns

    Yarns said 7 years ago

    What a lady! happy birthday EZ!

  • maeghaneliza

    maeghaneliza said 7 years ago

    Very well written, Jill! I enjoyed this article.

  • TandRHandweaving

    TandRHandweaving said 7 years ago

    Knitting yet another fiberart I adore! Happy birthday Elizabeth!

  • kitschcafe

    kitschcafe said 7 years ago

    i've been knitting for 7 years and can't imagine life with out it. thank you EZ!!

  • lkmccray

    lkmccray said 7 years ago

    My mom love EZ. Thanks for a wonderful reminder of her amazing talents.

  • mittens

    mittens said 7 years ago

    interesting, i have been knitting for year and I am sure I have come across her patterns and never even knew the history. how cool

  • treasuregoddess

    treasuregoddess said 7 years ago

    I fell in love with EZ and with garter stitch from her patterns and books. It's such a lovely read! I also posted a tribute to EZ in my blog, my very own knitting through the wilderness...http://treasuregoddesschic.blogspot.com/

  • isewcute

    isewcute said 7 years ago

    Fab article! Interesting, informative, & fun to read!

  • lotusblossomknits

    lotusblossomknits said 7 years ago

    I love EZ, her patterns and knitting sense are inspirational. I'm currently knitting her tomten jacket from knitting without tears and it's been a pleasure. Happy birthday EZ.

  • happywhosits

    happywhosits said 7 years ago

    Great article! I will have to look for one of the EZ books! Eileen...

  • mamacrow5

    mamacrow5 said 7 years ago

    I FOUND THIS ARTICLE ENLIGHTNING, I AM FROM DONEGAL,WHERE THE MAJORITY OF WOMEN IN THE EARLY PART OF THE LAST CENTURY EARNT A CRUST KNITTING.....IT IS THE COUNTY IN IRELAND OF WOOL AND WEAVING, AND UNTIL THIS ARTICLE I HAD NOT HEARD OF E>Z. THANK YOU FOR SHARING. MARY.LORRAINE

  • FiberContent

    FiberContent said 7 years ago

    Love EZ's patterns and books. One of the very first thing I ever knitted was the gnome jacket. I love her inspiring words and clever mathematical way with a pattern. Her legacy is strong.

  • EveldasNeverland

    EveldasNeverland said 7 years ago

    >>> Happy Birthday Elizabeth! <<< Thank you so much, Jill for this great article! I'm honored that my scarf was featured here.

  • patchesnthings

    patchesnthings said 7 years ago

    What an interesting article. I would have loved to have met this lady and heard of her life experiences first hand.

  • santosleather

    santosleather said 7 years ago

    Magical hands do great work !

  • magpieknits

    magpieknits said 7 years ago

    EZ was an inspiration from the very beginning of my knitting life. I was lucky enough to learn how to knit from one of her proteges and heard wonderful stories of EZ and her kntting. She has and is still inspiring me after all these years. Thank you for paying homage to this great pioneer of knitting. I wish you were still with us, EZ.

  • PropShop

    PropShop said 7 years ago

    Elizabeth Zimmerman is my idol and someday I will knit just like her!!!!

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