IK Spring 2010

*Begin rant apropos to this forum.*

I'm miffed!

...and let me tell you WHY:

The VERY FIRST article that I flipped to when I got my issue (got it a couple of weeks ago, but, haven't really had the time to post about it.) was the story "The Essentials" by Clara Parke.

Absolutely NO MENTION -- not her name, not even her famous initials -- of THE "essential" for knitting in our modern world, Elizabeth Zimmermann.

I mean, I like her (Clara Parke, that is) and all...really, I do, and her articles are well enough written, and all...really, they are...

...y'know what I'm saying?

...but I feel ROBBED! How could anyone -- especially an authoress who makes part of her living writing about knitting compile a list of "Essentials" that are meant to be on every knitter's bookshelf and just completely not even...I mean...she COULD have even just put a sentence or SOMETHING just saying that the beloved Zimmermann woman was a category all of her own...but not even that.

Has our EZ's works been put out to pasture?

PLEASE, Clara, PLEASE -- say it ain't so!

*End rant apropos to this forum.*



Bill's picture

Perhaps a letter writing campaign?
...a reminder that it starts with EZ...then goes on from there...

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Boy you must be upset!!! Robert, I can't even remember the last time I got so mad I was 'miffed'.

Keep Maine warm,


"If a man has cream at home in the refrigerator he won't go out looking for 2% butterfat"
............Erma Bombeck

"If a man has cream at home in the refrigerator he won't go out looking for 2% butterfat"
............Erma Bombeck

robstrauss's picture

I don't own an EZ book and I've been knitting now for
10 months. Should I get one? And briefly what is her place
in the knitting canon? I remember some guys being critical of
her BSJ pattern.


Tallguy's picture

OMG! You are relatively new here, Rob, so we might forgive you for this faux pas... but really 10 months? And you still don't know about EZ? That is really almost unforgivable... sacrilegious!!

Yes, you need to do penance! Go out and buy at least ONE of her books... it doesn't matter which one.. but do it now. I think there is a movement afoot to boot you out of the MenWhoKnit club!! Go -- Do it quick!!

MMario's picture

I guess I shouldn't mention I had been knitting for over 40 years before I even heard of EZ......

And six years later I still don't own a book or video...Though I did buy a book because they quoted a portion of one pattern of hers. The "pi" shawl.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

I too, have been knitting these very many years before I heard of her, and although I did buy one of her books I can't say that I am in awe.

Bill's picture

Rob, you'll enjoy Elizabeth Zimmerman...she writes with a lighthearted sensible style...and her straight forward approach demystifies knitting.
She makes you feel that however you wish to knit is OK.
I have all her books and often re-read parts just for fun.

TheKnittingMill's picture

Rob, I'm a self-taught knitter and knitted for about 2 years before I stumbled upon E.Z. I picked up my first book of hers, "Knitting Without Tears" at B&N and was hooked after the first paragraph. I echo Bill's sentiments. She has a GREAT sense of humor and practical prospective that I LOVE! I also appreciate that she actually uses male pronouns when referencing knitters.


I am in the same boat as some others, I have been knitting for over 40 Years and just hear of EZ, last fall. I will confess I am not into reading about knitting I would rather spend the time knitting. When I started knitting and crocheting we had a great little book that came out monthly it was called "The WorkBasket" Just chocked full of info and different patterns everymonth.I am still using pattern books I bought in the 70's. I do go to the library and look at knitting books there and get patterns. I have made a couple of her Feburary lady sweaters found them very easy and fun to do.

twistknit's picture

I love EZ because she helps knitters be less attached to patterns. Most of her instruction has to do more with percentages and following your own gauge rather than the designers.

scottly's picture

I find most of the women knitters that I run into don't give a hoot about how knitting works or the logic and math behind it, they just want to wear that pretty little whatever as soon as possible. That might be who Clara was addressing in her article.

purlyman's picture

I've been knitting for maybe 7 years now and had heard "EZ" but didn't really know what that meant. When I finally picked up one of her books I was hooked and soon thereafter had most everything she ever put out. She's amazing. I would say that leaving her out of a list of "essentials" is a pretty major oversight. I agree with you Robert!!


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I was lucky to learn about EZ soon after I began knitting. I now have most of her books and enjoy them just for reading along with the knitting advice. My favorite is "Knitter's Almanac" and consider it my desert island knitting book. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.