View Single Post
Old 01-21-2005, 03:14 PM   #6
Site Admin
amy's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Western Massachusetts
Posts: 3,807
Thanks: 354
Thanked 775 Times in 162 Posts
Yeah, EZ's great. She's responsible for increasing the popularity of Continental knitting, and the popularity of knitting in the round, and knitting seamless sweaters in the round. She also popularized (introduced?) the percentage system, where you figure out how many inches the body of your sweater is, and then work out how many inches wide your sleeves can be, and how high up to put them, and how many inches the neck will be, all based on percentages from the body stitches. It sounds complicated, but many feel this is the easiest kind of sweater to make, and it's very versatile, you could knit a sweater for most anyone, never looking at a pattern again!

EZ put out many books and videos, under her own press, "Schoolhouse Press." Her daughter Meg Swansen, another highly accomplished knitter, runs the company now, and is also published. I just talked to Meg for the first time, recently, over the phone, and she's INCREDIBLY NICE and just wonderful! She runs a knitting camp every summer, which I'm thinking about attending this year! For more on their books and videos, and her camp, you can visit

KnittingHelp Queen Bee

“It is not because things are so difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”
— Seneca
amy is offline   Reply With Quote