Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-19-2005, 09:24 PM   #1
Ribbing the Cuff
christine's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Spokane WA
Posts: 94
Thanks: 0
Thanked 13 Times in 8 Posts
Amy: Who is Elizabeth Zimmerman
You talk about Elizabeth Zimmerman. Who is she?

christine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2005, 04:49 AM   #2
Knitting the Flap
Egeria's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Ireland
Posts: 323
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via MSN to Egeria Send a message via Yahoo to Egeria
Yeah, I have the same question! She seems to be the 'be all and end all' in the knitting world. I feel like such a plonk for not knowing who she is!!!
"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow you have to put up with the rain" ~Dolly Parton
Egeria is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2005, 12:28 PM   #3
Ribbing the Cuff
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 42
Thanks: 0
Thanked 38 Times in 2 Posts
She wrote that book Knitting Without Tears that everyone loves. Something about not having to purl. Which i never got, because i don't mind purling and i dont see why everyone hates it so much.
anise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2005, 12:31 PM   #4
1st Leg of the Journey
Marnie's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: California
Posts: 230
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
E.Z. wrote many wonderful books on knitting that serve both newbies and experienced knitters alike. I highly recommend her books to anyone looking to expand their library.
Marnie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2005, 12:32 PM   #5
Working the Gusset
beldaraan's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 1,527
Thanks: 34
Thanked 101 Times in 18 Posts
Type her in and you'll find her books of patterns there. You can also go to Amy's Free Patterns link (scroll down to the bottom, look to the right) and she has some links there too. Finally, Amy shows off a pattern from Zimmerman in this link.

I know you asked Amy, but I just posted the basics about her anyway. Amy can come back here and put in a fav rave.
beldaraan is offline   Reply With Quote
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.
amy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2006, 06:31 AM   #7
Turning the Heel
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Eastern NY
Posts: 704
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
got a copy!
A friend of mine has a friend that was getting rid of all of her craft things. So my friend knowing that I love to knit took a few things for me. One of them was a copy of "Knitting Without Tears". Its an older edition and has a red cover. At first I had no idea who the author was then I began hearing and reading about Elizabeth and sure enough its her book. So I'm glad I have it and thankful to my friend of thinking of me!
Celine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2006, 01:54 PM   #8
Instepping Out
feministmama's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: PDX
Posts: 3,674
Thanks: 310
Thanked 262 Times in 186 Posts
How much are the camps? I t doesn't say on the website
Favorite Bumper Stickers:
War doesn't determine who is right: It determines who is left
-That's OK, I wasn't using my civil liberties anyway....
-I'm not afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens.
Reading: Barbara Kingsolver
Knitting: socks

I'm Femmy on Ravelry
feministmama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2006, 12:16 AM   #9
1st Leg of the Journey
TwoLeftNeedles's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 203
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Not only all of the above, but her writing is witty and charming. I'd read Knitting Without Tears even if I didn't care about knitting!
KIP DPN comment counter: 23
TwoLeftNeedles is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What Should My First Elizabeth Zimmerman Book Be? Arielluria The Lounge 5 10-16-2008 08:23 PM
Elizabeth Zimmerman? redheadrachel General Knitting 2 08-07-2007 05:55 PM
Elizabeth Zimmerman feministmama General Knitting 18 06-10-2007 08:50 PM
Opinions: Elizabeth Zimmerman humblestumble General Knitting 12 10-19-2006 01:26 AM
What Can Elizabeth Zimmerman teach me? humblestumble General Knitting 17 12-05-2005 12:59 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:11 AM.