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***Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac

Projects for Each Month of the Year

by Elizabeth Zimmermann

Reviewed May 6, 2003.
Dover Publications, New York, 1981.  150 pages.

Here’s a fun little book, loaned to me by Leah, my knitting buddy.  Elizabeth Zimmermann was a guru of knitting, as I know from reading Knitter’s Magazine.  Reading this book has helped me to understand why.

The Knitter’s Almanac takes you through a year with Elizabeth Zimmermann as she creates a new project each month.  Her chatty style is delightful, and her love of knitting is contagious.  She shows her creative way of “un-venting” new techniques and patterns and creating as she goes.

Personally, I’m a follow-directions type of person, and it’s hard for me to imagine tackling the free-and-easy style of knitting that she advocates.  She does include “pithy directions” for each project for people like me.  I’d like to try some of her designs some day.  Meanwhile, I’m hoping that this book helped me to lighten up about my knitting and feel more free to make my knitting be what I want it to be.  I also enjoyed the wonderful company of a delightful lady and expert knitter.

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