Last year, I bought the Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmermann. I didn’t really read it, nor did I knit anything. After fighting with a yarn I bought for a sweater for my husband, I took this little green book, and had a good laugh. How I love her way of thinking, her way of writing, and her common sense. And the patterns and thoughts about self-thinking knitting are delightful to read. So many times now, I bought or saw books about knitting containing just bad-made, not-fitting patterns. And, sorry if I say so, I do think I can knit a little, so those patterns are just too easy and unchallenging to me.
Now I was so happy to have found a woman kind-of writing down my feelings, with this lovely sense of humor she had. So I decided to give it a go and start at the Aran she’s dealing with for January. There was a lot of ripping. There was even more calculating (I LOVE calculating, LOVE this little bit of knitting maths – oh, I really enjoy that part of making new things). And now I’m on my way to a cardigan for my love. This yarn (Royal Tweed, Wolle Rödel) is still frustrating me, but the thing is turning out nice, warm and cozy.
The reason I bought this book, was that I finally wanted to have the pattern for the February Baby Sweater. And -what a coincidence- my neighbor was expecting a little baby girl, so after I started the Aran, I started the baby sweater. Oh, I will need all of those woman’s books! This is soothing my knitting frustration, this is so inspiring!
So, baby girl, born last Monday, I do need some time to finish this little handknit of yours. And your mama needs some rest first, so you’ll have to wait a few more days. But I think, it will look lovely. I’ll give my very best..
I’m curious to see how far I’ll get with the Zimmermann year!