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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Episode 100 Two Letters from Elizabeth Zimmermann

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The 100th episode of Knitting Pipeline coincided with Elizabeth Zimmermann’s birthday.  She was born on August 9, 1910.
Today I want to thank everyone who has participated in any way during the past two years and throughout the 100 episodes! I enjoy your interaction and feedback.  You are very much a part of this show.  Thank you!
Elizabeth Zimmermann at Knitting Camp, Shell Lake WI 1978

Knitters at Camp.  I am near center and my friend Tina to the right of me.  Joy is next to Tina.
Meg Swansen and Elizabeth Zimmermann.  Shell Lake WI 1978

My baby with Liesl

Liesl and Torben
Shell Lake Knitting Camp 1978

Auntea wrote:
…There is a baby surprise jacket and a two needle baby sweater in my cedar chest for when my daughter has a wee one someday. I am curious, what is your personal favorite Elizabeth pattern? I know it would be so hard to pick, but what comes to mind first?
These are the designs that popped into my mind as the ones I have knitted most often:
  • Saddle Shoulder EPS
  • Tomten Jacket
  • Ganomy Hat
  • Two Needle Baby Sweater

Arnold Zimmermann’s books for children were written as stories for his grandchildren.  These are both written and illustrated by Arnold Zimmermann.
Fafnerl the Ice Dragon, Troll Island, The Tale of Alain.
Well read and well-loved books by Arnold E Zimmermann

Autographed copy of The Tale of Alain

 Letter from Elizabeth Zimmermann to me.  April 1982

I read a postcard sent to me by Elizabeth Zimmermann on Nov 21, 1980.  It also has an original pen and ink drawing by Arnold Zimmermann, actually a self-portait, on his B.M.W with his goggles on and beard bristling in the wind.

In the Piping Circle
I am going to play in The Netherlands Military Tattoo!
Rotterdam Tattoo The Netherlands Military Tattoo
Many thanks to Cheryl Ann Fulton for the theme music which is from The Airs of Wales.  Online Music, Music Downloads, Streaming Music from Magnatune
The musical selection is from In Concert by Dutch Pipes and Drums.  Track 2. Arrival.  Available on their website.  Dutch Pipes and Drums
Haste ye back!


C. said...

I didn't have a chance to listen to the episode yet (hopefully this week-end...), but I just wanted to wish your a happy podanniversary (?) and congratulations for those 100 episodes. I can't wait to listen to the next 100 ones :)

Auntea said...

I so enjoyed hearing your answer to my question, and hearing more about Elizabeth and Arnold. Thanks for taking time to answer me, and happy podiversary again.

knittynurse said...

Paula, Thank you so much for sharing the photos of Elizabeth's letters. Such a treasure and I love the motorcycle drawing. What zest for life existed in that family! Andrea

Lee Bernstein said...

Congratulations, Paula, on 100 episodes! I've enjoyed every one of them.

What a wonderful tribute to EZ!

I remember most dearly, about a couple years ago (I believe it was at the first Camp KIP), my telling you that the spirit of Elizabeth Zimmerman lives on in you.

Now, after having listened to this episode, I cannot help but think of how very proud EZ would be of you and all you've brought to the knitting world--both because of the passion and talent you bring to knitting as well as your having been so influenced by her.

Bravo to you both!


Ruth said...

Hello Paula:
Congratulations on 100 episodes!! Wish I could be as disciplined as you are in getting the episodes out---alas for I can get caught up in the minutia that is my life! So enjoy your podcast and am hoping to join your knit-a-long in September---was just pouring over the different colors of Tern today on the Quince & Co. website. The shawl is beautiful and truly a work of love--thanks so much for your inspiration and for being that voice that supports the knitting habit that we all love.
(Counting Sheep Podcast)

Martha said...


Belated Happy 100th Anniversary. Loved the photos of knitting camp. Both you and Elizabeth are wonderful and dear to the knitting world. Thanks so much for all the episodes, advice and friendship.

Martha H.

pipefiddle said...

I really enjoyed your stories about Shell Lake. I attended a camp at Shell Lake during the summer of 1998. It was a jazz school through the University of Wisconsin and I went to improve my jazz teaching skills since I was teaching high school which included 2 jazz bands. I stayed in the little hotel in town which must be the same one you referred to in the podcast. I have some great memories of morning runs on the snowmoblile trails and quiet summer evenings. Great fun to remember.

Shirley said...

Belated congratulations on 100 episodes!

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