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The Opinionated Knitter Hardcover – January 30, 2005
"Go Big Knits" from the editors of Marie Claire Idees
Knit designs from the editors of Marie Claire Idées to ensure that women of all body shapes and types will look—and feel—fantastic. Learn more
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1. The "lost manuscripts" are assembled for fans of Mrs. Zimmermann's excellent writings on knitting
2. There are patterns you've probably not seen before unless you were a long-time subscriber to the Woolgathering Newsletter, such as a baby blanket, a saddle shoulder sweater knit in the round and some hats and mittens.
3. There is the full set of baby and adult surprise jackets, kimono-style garter stitch jackets knit as an ungainly object that magically assembles itself into an attractive and utilitarian garment.
4. The equally good children's "Tomten" or hooded jacket is in here.
5. There are a few more snippets of Elizabeth's autobiographical musings, not much but a bit more to add to the successful "Knitting Around."
1. Lots of photos, but not professional looking. (minor quib)
2. Some of the quaintly typed newsletters reproduced as is, so the text is somewhat mixed.
3. The patterns were done in the pre-charting age, so they are written out in some cases and not charted. This bothers some knitters.
4. The patterns are a bit homespun-looking. Personally, I love the rustic style. But this is not gourmet, fashion knitting. Some people find that is not their cup of tea. This is for the ski-sweater, manly utilitarian and baby knitter.
EZ frees you from pattern instruction slavery: for the bold, ambitious knitter who wants to learn some techniques and then strike out on her own, EZ's books are perfect. I recommend starting with Knitting Without Tears and ending with The Opinionated Knitter. What you put in the middle is up to you.
Opinionated Knitter is, as I see it, Meg's tribute to her mother. Published after EZ's death, it includes lots of notes about how she got started, how she built up her business and garnered such wide exposure that her death was remarked upon in the major media (as well as some touching remembrances from fans and those who knew her).
This is not a design book; although the letters contain some designs and instructions, and the book includes photos, only hard-core EZ knitting geeks will really break out the needles. The book's appeal is in the feeling of getting that much closer to knowing EZ as a friend and a guide, as well as a knitting guru. The perfect topper for your collection--and a fun read on a cold winter's day when you need a break from actual knitting and just want to get re-inspired.
Of course, we have patterns in the EZ manner. Allowing the knitter to make choices & decisions. While EZ is opionated in her knitting philosophy she is empowering to the knitter.
I hope members of the "Stitch & Bitch" crowd discover EZ. Imagine what they could accomplish is they loosened their death grip on line by line, stitch by stitch, place marker, make an increase this way, type of boring patterns.
EZ had an interesting life and I enjoy the excerpts from her journals. We get to know EZ not only as a wonderful knitting teacher but a warm, friendly, funny, woman.
As always these days, I think hardcover books are overpriced. I would love to see EZ's books in digital format.
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I like the patterns in this book and it is a collectable. Enjoyable reading as well.Published 2 months ago by Julia Hollingsworth
This is one of my ALL TIME favorite knitting books. It is classic Zimmerman. She leaves a lot up to the knitter, but the end products are beautiful and classic.Published 6 months ago by Craig S.
If you are a knitter, you need to learn about Elizabeth Zimmerman. This is a wonderful book with her patterns and newsletters.Published 6 months ago by K. Oconnor
This is yet another wonderful book from the incredible Elizabeth Zimmerman. The patterns are, as always, wonderful, yet thought provoking, encouraging the knitter to stretch their... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kris Paige