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Sent at 11:30 PM January 16, 2015
It is after midnight, and I really should get to bed, but I had to take a moment to thank you for introducing me to Elizabeth Zimmerman. I had absolutely no idea who she was when your show started, but you made her sound so intriguing that I ordered Knitting Without Tears.
When I first got the book 2 or 3 years ago, her methods sounded like WAY too much trouble. “Why not just get a good pattern and follow it?” I thought. But I am more experienced, and wiser now. I do try to get a good pattern and follow it, but I have learned that if I want it to fit, I’d better not follow it too slavishly.
That’s where EZ (and Amy Herzog, my other hero), come in. I do start by following a pattern. However, I now know that while gauge is important, it is more important to create a fabric that I am happy with. EZ helped me understand the concepts of sweater construction enough to be able to adjust most sweaters to fit my needs.
If I get into a pattern and get confused, I refer to her book to help me understand the construction so that I can carry on. (Unfortunately, I don’t have any knitter friends yet.) Recently I also used her wisdom to convert a 3/4 length sleeve to a long sleeve, with the proper proportions. I can remember when I would have just lengthened the sleeve without the shaping, resulting in a sweater that I didn’t want to wear.
Tonight I have used EZ’s wisdom to help me attach sleeves and body together on a seamless yoked sweater. My stitch counts don’t match those of the pattern any more because I made adjustments to get the fabric and shaping right. No matter. EZ explained how to get the right number of sleeve stitches on the needles, and calculate the correct number of underarm stitches to leave open. I may have to tweak the stitch counts a bit once everything is on the needles, in order to get the correct multiple of stitches for the cables I will make, but EZ has reassured me that that will not be a problem either.
I really feel like the boss of my knitting! :)
Thank you so much for all you share. I hope to meet you at a retreat someday. I had intended to try to come to Washington this year, but alas, my daughter’s wedding plans have put my travel plans on hold.
Enough blethering. I must get to bed!
Good night, and thank you again,
Blue China Doll
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Great Backyard Bird Count Feb 13-16, 2015.
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From Aizome aka Nancy:
Loved your latest episode. Thank you! We had red-headed woodpeckers at our last home. It seems to me I read part of their decline was due to creosote on telephone poles. I did notice the ones in our backyard prefered the telephone poles for their pecking. I don't think they use creosote anymore. My dad, who is 89 years old now, said red-headed woodpeckers were one of the most common bird around when he was a kid. They are such beautiful birds.
From my journal: Seeing a cardinal or a flock of cardinals in the snow is as perfect a snapshot of winter here as I can imagine. Nonetheless those same male cardinals are starting to stake out their mating territories with occasional calls in the early morning and later afternoon. I learned recently that the female cardinal also sings but I have never observed that. Perhaps I just wasn’t looking for it. I heard one just now at 3:30 pm. This song is so beautiful and has many variations. To me it sounds like a sliding whistle and “Cheer, Cheer, Cheer”. As I’ve said before, the cardinal has it all: beauty and a great voice.
We’ve had our share of snow storms across the US. I found this for you by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o'er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the withered air
Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven,
And veils the farm-house at the garden's end.
The sled and traveler stopped, the courier's feet
Delayed, all friends shut out, and housemates sit
Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed
In a tumultuous privacy of storm.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Béguin de Printemps by Lili Comme Tout
Paula, In case you haven't gotten a note on this....
Béguin de Printemps is Spring Bonnet…if I am not mistaken.
Certainly enjoy your podcast!
Hayward by Susan B Anderson
Susan B Anderson Shawl KAL #sbashawlkal
I am a new knitter and to built my stash of needles I also purchased bamboo needles from China. I wanted a sharper tip so I used a pencil sharpener and realized I couldn't get it quite smooth enough not to catch. After a light sanding, I applied two coats of clear fingernail polish and now it's sliding right along again. I thought I'd mention it because it sounded like a quick and easy solution.
Desert Vista Dyeworks Zombody It’s Cold Outside
I did complete a whole class!
Piece, Patch, Quilt: Basic Quiltmaking Skills by Gail Kessler
Yarns at Yin Hoo Podcast by Sarah Pomegranate
In The Pipeline
· When It Happens to You by Molly Ringwald
· Landline by Rainbow Rowell
· The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith
I read the books in the following order:
1. Lila 2014
2. Gilead 2005 Pulitzer Prize
3. Home 2008
Have a great week, haste ye back, and hold your knitting close.