I feel like a beginner again!!

I picked up some EZ and Meg Swanson DVDs at the library and have started to watch some of them. All I can say is "wow!" I feel like I'm in kindergarten. Some of the techniques have blown my mind and as I'm about to go to bed I'm afraid I'm going to have nightmares about not knowing how to knit at all. I could let myself feel depressed but I'll try to focus instead on how exciting it looks and how much potential there is to just learn and improve for years to come!!


New York Built's picture

Thanks, Frank, for the wonderful reminder that one is learning something new all the time...if you "pay attention" in class, so to speak...LOL. I'm delighted you choose to celebrate!

But then, librarians rule the world anyway...they know how to find out anything.

When combined with secretary/assistants, who control the flow of the information, and janitors, who have the keys to everything, you are very formidable.

"Think...then write...then rewrite...THEN publish."
- Mark's bathroom mirror sticky note to himself.

Every person I encounter teaches me more about myself. Without whom not.

purlyman's picture

Hey Mark - thanks for those comments!! I actually started my library career in NYC. I was at the Bronx Reference Center (near Fordham U) for almost four years and got my MLS from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Many of my classes were in the Puck Building though.

Cheers!! Happy knitting! Frank.


rjcb3's picture

It's strange, but, anyone who has learned how to knit before discovering EZ, and then, all of a sudden...


It's a rush that just pours right over you!

...and then, what have I come to discover? The woman is a genius in reminding everyone that they still are at license to knit as they choose (she was not one for right-or-wrong, but just unique techniques on existing standards).

They're more like textbooks to me. I have done some of her patterns to the letter, but others, I just couldn't bear not adding my own bits and pieces. They're reference pieces for me when I'm working on something of my own.

It's almost as if, the wave comes over you, but doesn't haul you out to sea completely; you're left standing on the shore to continue on. She inspires creativity.

Some designers are -- well -- snobs, who seem to think that if you're going to do their designs, you have to do it just as they say, else, it's wrong. Nary a stitch of theirs shall be cast upon my needles.

I think EZ would definitely relish the blogs and online groups dedicated to her and her works -- you can see how much creativity people have in them and I think she would love to know that people are taking her ideas and flying with them and making the actual product, their own. It's the variety of the products that really amazes me...and they're all still EZ designs.

That, and I love her rants about acrylics and other synthetics. As much as I like using acrylics, just the same, I tend to call them "plastic" because...well, if you think about it, that's what it is. Like I said, I'll still knit with it if it's available to me, but, interestingly enough, a good majority of my stash is natural, anyway. Think about it, the woman was green before the modern standard terminology was applied to the word.

A dream of mine, one of these days, is to have a whole workshop just like hers! I mean, have you seen it? Who wouldn't want shelves and shelves and cubbyholes of skeins and skeins and bobbins and rounds of pure wool in all of its forms and in all good colours? ...and of course, a work table right there...and who knows what else which was behind the camera!

...and next year would be her 100th birthday. We need to do something! Stiff martinis and steeks, anyone?


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Great comments, Frank. I credit EZ with giving me the okay to be my own knitter and to be creative. I just wish it hadn't taken me 30 years to totally accept that fact. I also take liberties with patterns and ideas as I knit. I figure it is like cooking...try the recipe their way the first time, then go with your ideas. Sometimes, though, you just take the inspiration and run with it. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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

MWK - Houston's picture

I'm just about finished with my first EZ sweater in the round with a Raglan Yoke. It is so much fun to see the entire garment knitting up as you go along. I'm already changing patterns I have in my stash so I can do them in the round. I hate seaming.

Tallguy's picture

Absolutely! I feel every beginner should start with her videos, so that you don't get caught in the trap of being a blind follower. She starts out showing how to knit -- on a hat -- in the round of course. No fear of using circulars! EZ releases you to be a thinking knitter, to allow your creativity come out. After all, you want something that fits, don't you? She wants that for you as well.

I love watching her videos. She was such a warm and genuine person, and so personable. I especially liked her approach to knitting, and loved the way she decided to do a pocket on the vest... as she was wearing it!

If you haven't seen any of her books or her DVDs, please beg, borrow or steal a copy somewhere and take a look. Then you will know what we are all raving about!

purlyman's picture

I should beg, borrow, or steal... actually I have borrowed from the library. But the other day I bought one book at my LYS and then just now I went onto KnitPicks to buy one DVD and ended up with the DVD and three more books!! Yikes!!


Kerry's picture

Would you recommend any particular DVD to start? I have EZ's Almanac & Knitting without Tears books and and knitting the Open Collared Pullover from the Almanac.

purlyman's picture

Hmmm... good question. I haven't watched any of the Knitting Around DVD yet. The Knitting Glossary looks like an amazing reference for learning more about this or that technique. For example, there are like more than a dozen casting on methods and then more than a dozen casting off methods and much more. I've just started the Knitting Workshop DVD and am planning to actually go through it systematically. I watched the first 1/2 hour episode this morning (casting on and starting the ribbing for a hat) and have knitted on 72 stitches along with a couple rows of ribbing. Once I'm done with about 1.5 inches of ribbing I'll watch lesson two (increases and decreases). So it really depends on what you feel like you need. You might try your library to see what they have, borrow them, and see what you'd like to have as your own. :-)