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Missing Left Sock Beast
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Coyote Musings
Coyote handsome
his coat the same brown
as the dust from which he rises

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What is the sound of one hand slapping Schroedinger's cat?

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The Quantum Duck goes "quark, quark."

September 2010
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Missing Left Sock Beast [userpic]
Knitting Without Tears - Elizabeth Zimmermann

For a long time, I resisted picking up anything from EZ. I just get stubborn when something is pushed at me.

Well, I'm regretting it now. Knitting without Tears is the kind of reference that most knitters should have on their bookshelf, if only for the critical advice that one is the boss of one's own knitting, and not the other way around.

The illustrations are black and white, and techniques are largely illustrated using line-drawings. For all that, however, this was the first text whose illustration of Continental knitting gave me an "oh, that's how it's done" moment, so the simplicity of the drawings isn't necessarily a drawback.

There are patterns for four sweaters, all knit in the round, and notes about how to work with hats, socks, mittens, scarves, afghans and shawls, although there aren't any specific patterns for any of the latter. That said, EZ is very much a "pattern it yourself" knitter. Those who prefer to keep slavishly to a pattern probably won't benefit from many of her tips, but overall I think this is one of the best knitting books out there. It's pretty clear why it's considered a knitting "classic".

My rating: 9.5 You really should buy this book.

(crossposted to my journal)

Feeling:: sicksick
Listening to:: The Last Stop - DMB
Comments

I have it, and I'm not an experienced enough knitter to fully appreciate its wisdom yet, but I'm looking forward to becoming one. And I already appreciate the writing style!