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humblestumble
10-15-2006, 11:10 PM
I'm once again intrigued by EZ. Just ordered some books as you may have seen in another post of mine.

I was just curious how you guys rate her books. I know there's only 4, plus one collection of writings.

I just got Knitting Without Tears and the Knitter's Almanac. Well, I ordered them. I hope to get them in about a week.

Ingrid
10-16-2006, 07:49 AM
EZ's books are a delight to read, even if you never knit anything from them. Beyond her writing style, she has a good common-sense approach to knitting--it's not rocket science, and there's no need to fret over it.

geekgolightly
10-16-2006, 08:07 AM
EZ's books are a delight to read, even if you never knit anything from them. Beyond her writing style, she has a good common-sense approach to knitting--it's not rocket science, and there's no need to fret over it.

When I read Knitting Without Tears, all I could see was your avatar talking to me, Ingrid. She reminds me of you. I've read your posts before reading Zimmerman, and both of you are very good at explaining knitting and sharing the love of it and youre both hilarious.

Ingrid
10-16-2006, 03:35 PM
:aww:

psammeadred
10-16-2006, 06:56 PM
Elizabeth Zimmermann's books are fun to read and knit from (I'm working on a Pi shawl from Knitter's Almanac). They have an unpretentious, honest feel to them, and reading her books makes me a more adventurous knitter.

Quiltlady
10-16-2006, 07:16 PM
A friend gave me a copy of "Knitting Without Tears" that was someone elses. Its dated many years ago. I had no idea who the author was at the time. I'm skimmed thru it a few times.

cgd
10-16-2006, 07:25 PM
I have it, but I feel it's a bit confusing and beyond my skill level since I'm a newbie. I'm not ready to try intricate ski sweaters just yet. She has a good sense of humor, and maybe when I get better, I'll get back to it.

Jaxhil
10-17-2006, 04:40 PM
I love her books! I have 3 out of four-actually my mother has them right now! I love reading her books-they have some great tips, but even more I just enjoy her easy going style and approach to knitting. I think I have 'loosened up" (about knitting that is! lol) so to speak since reading her work.

I have Knitting w/o Tears; Knitting Around: and Knitting Workshop. You know what, I may actually have the Almanac too ...

:teehee:

Have fun when they come- I think you'll really enjoy them!

losnana
10-17-2006, 05:16 PM
Jaxhil said I think I have 'loosened up" (about knitting that is! lol) so to speak since reading her work.

I agree. I love Knitting Without Tears and have combined items from more than one sweater to come up with my own. It is a great resource.

I haven't seen Knitting Around, but intend to locate it.

anne347
10-17-2006, 06:58 PM
I have her Knitting Without Tears and the best idea I got from it was to loosen up because it shouldn't hurt to knit! I was a very tight knitter and now I knit much better because I've loosened up and it's a lot more fun :happydance:

humblestumble
10-17-2006, 07:52 PM
Thanks for all the input, I feel like I'm doing a good thing now :)

samm
10-18-2006, 08:04 PM
I have one book, Knitting Without Tears, which I found at our big discount bookstore, and picked up because someone at the Babysweaters site had been talking about it. I love it! I bought another to share, and sent it to an internet friend I met here. Waves to Kanda!!! I have read and reread the book and find it just like sitting with a cup of tea with EZ. And I have used it for reference several times. I just like it as reading! And I do want to try a Tomten, and bought the Baby Surprise pattern from Schoolhouse Press. I think I'll order her other books. Glad to hear others enjoy her writing too. samm

humblestumble
10-19-2006, 01:26 AM
Oh, wow! I didn't know she was that entertaining! I skimmed through Knitter's Workshop once and thought it was alright. I was busy at the time though, so I couldn't just seep into it.

I can't wait til my books come in, so that I can see what all the hubbub is about! Amazon still says they are waiting to be shipped...I wonder if that is due to the free super saver shipping... :??