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18 february, 2007

My favorite Elizabeth Zimmermann book is her Knitter's Almanac.  Anyone who's read it must agree that EZ was the original knit blogger, opting for pen and paper over the not-yet-readily-available computer.  It's only $7.95 and worth every penny.  The April chapter, "Mystery Blanket: Weaving", is my inspiration for today's swatch.  This swatch is almost one of the blanket squares -- almost because I misread the directions and ended up with swirling eyelet holes instead of diagonals.  I think perhaps I'll try again tomorrow

Yarn: Malabrigo in cognac; kettle dyed merino wool.
Needles: US 7, double points
Source: Knitter's Almanac page 43

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It's perfectly imperfect and what EZ would call "unventing".

Posted by: Angie | Feb 18, 2007 9:32:57 PM

Aha! but this is so much more dynamic! while the blanket's sq is- well sq- this is flowing. its "mistakes" like this that propel us forward in our designs! (no pun intended...hahahaha)

Posted by: hPNY Knits | Feb 18, 2007 9:54:06 PM

I really like the swirling eyelets. Any chance I could get you to tell me what you did differently to get this cool effect?

Posted by: Leisel | Feb 19, 2007 12:55:44 AM

I couldn't agree more. I just bought the Alamanac this weekend and settled in on the couch with it and a cup of tea. I was surprised and delighted to see how "blog" like it was. I love her references to the "old man".

Posted by: Cheryl | Feb 19, 2007 5:10:32 AM

My favorite EZ book! A blanket made with your squares would be very cool and modern.

Posted by: becky c. | Feb 19, 2007 6:09:53 AM

I love me some Elizabeth Zimmerman! Her books are assisting me through some mittens right now!

I second the request to know what you did differently to get the swirls instead of straight lines.

And a major THANK YOU for this blog! It's one of my daily Must Visits. I'm learning so much from you!

Posted by: anne | Feb 19, 2007 6:54:23 AM

I like the spiral effect. :)

Posted by: Andrea | Feb 19, 2007 7:18:58 AM

what's happening on the edge of the square? it's beautiful.

Posted by: christie | Feb 19, 2007 8:23:52 AM

Very pretty, even if mis-read. I bought this book last autumn on your recommendation, and now I need to read it! I've been caught up in Elsebeth's Lavold's book on cabling, and I need to start swatching from that, and start reading EZ.

Posted by: Brenda | Feb 19, 2007 12:42:48 PM

Gorgeous swatch -- I love the swirling pattern. I'd also love to know what you did to get the spiral.

Posted by: kimbelina | Feb 19, 2007 3:36:57 PM

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