March 16, 2010

Hats off to Elizabeth Zimmermann

Elizabeth Zimmermann

Elizabeth Zimmermann (1910-1999) was a knitter known for revolutionizing the modern practice of knitting through her books and instructional series.

Elizabeth advocated knitting in the round using flexible circular needles to produce seamless garments and to make it easier to knit intricate patterns versus using straight needles (thank goodness!)

She also advocated the Continental method, claiming that it is the most efficient and quickest way to knit ( the only way I know how). Most English books on knitting today are in the English or American style. Elizabeth Zimmermann helped to re-introduce continental style knitting to the United States

Always knitting she developed the ability to knit while on the back of her husbands motorcycle! I'm sure that would have been a site to see!!!

Zimmermann was the first knitter to be honored with a full obituary and article in the New York Times. Her motto was "Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises." She is a true inspiration to me and many others, who knows where we would be today with our knits if it wasn`t for her!

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