Schoolhouse Press—Fall 2006
"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it
— Elizabeth Zimmermann, in Knitting Without Tears
There has been a gratifying response to this online newsletter; thank you for your positive feedback. For this issue, I will start at the top of the ever-growing List of Things to Discuss and see how far I get...
Please tell me a tidy and stretchy way to Cast Off. — Susan
Repeat A and B.
I tried a small sample of the baby blanket shown on page 92 of the Knitting Workshop book by Elizabeth Zimmermann and was stumped. What's more, I showed it to 2 old time knitters and they had the same problem I did. We all ended up with separate triangles linked by the few stitches at the top/side of the triangle and could not get the triangles to connect. This pattern was supposed to have only one seam located in the middle of the triangle where you start and finish. Is there anyone around who could give me a clue as to where we went wrong? The concept seems like a good one.— Georganne
Immediately begin the second corner by repeating from *...
At the end of corner 4, when you have 20 stitches once again, check the alignment of garter-stitch (“valley” on one needle and a “ridge” on the other) and invisibly weave the end to the beginning.
The diagonal rows of holes that form between each pair of triangles, are part of the design—but if you wish to eliminate them, you can incorporate “Wrapping” with each Short Row and close them up. I hope this will help both you and your two Knitting Buddies.
I was just reading some of the descriptions for the Spun Out publications. Number 44's description reads: 44. Norwegian Pullover* - a classic dropped-shoulder style pullover with plenty of possible motifs; plus ascending or descending lice. Is it possible that you meant to say "lace" instead of "lice"? (Golly, I hope so! Ewwww!)—Susan
I have a bet with a knitting friend. The bet is that I-Cord was"invented" by Elizabeth Zimmerman or was "an old technique" modernized and popularized by her. Can you please settle this dispute. The winner gets to buy the other a new knitting book! If the I-cord was an old technique, do you have any of the history of it?? The more we learn of knitting (40 + years for me and only about 4 for her, LOL!) the more we have to learn!—Reba
Decide how wide you want the Cord to be (2, 3 or 4 stitches are most common). You may choose to pick up a number of stitches in advance, or hook them up one at a time as needed.
2. *K2, slip 1, yo, knit a picked-up stitch.
3. P2sso (being the slipped stitch AND the yarn-over). Replace 3 sts to L needle and repeat from *
See? No blip. If you are using MC for the I-Cord, there is no need to work the yarn-over.
I was wondering if you could help me find an article about Elizabeth's Rib Hugger.
Thank you for your help (and inspiration for all these years!)—Bev
Sneak Preview of Upcoming Titles
We have a number of new books in the works and here is a glimpse of what we hope may be available in '07. . .
Do you remember that charming, low-key book by the Dowager Lady Veronica Gainford: Designs for Knitting Kilt Hose & Knickerbocker Stockings? Apparently we published it ahead of its time, as it languished for years. Once it was sold out, interest began to build so, with help from Lady Gainford’s son, we will reprint. Same low-key black and white format; same droll humor; same gold-to-be-mined in the form of traditional Top Turnovers designs that decorate the upper reaches of authentic Scottish Kilt Hose. Over two dozen different motifs plus full instructions for several stockings. pb $15. Available in the Spring.
M'lou Baber (who is known at Knitting Camp as the Queen of Double Knitting) has done some extraordinary double-faced designs; coats, hats, sweaters, capes, blankets, etc. We have only just begun work on this (no title yet); here is a photo of one of M'lou's coats:
Joyce Williams and Meg are at work on a collaboration of their forays into Armenian Knitting. We envision a slim volume of 7 or 8 garments, charts and some of Joyce's extraordinarily innovative techniques. Here is a back view of Joyce's spectacular Lily Coat:
The exhibition “New School Knitting: The Influence of Elizabeth Zimmermann and Schoolhouse Press,” curated by Molly Greenfield, opens at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Design Gallery October 27 and runs though December 17, 2006. There are plans for an virtual exhibit for those unable to attend; read more about this here.
Elizabeth Zimmermann's Digressions tape, in which Elizabeth reads her autobiographical digressions from her fourth book, Knitting Around, is offered to Schoolhouse Press newsletter subscribers at a 20% discount. Regular price is $15; for subscribers, $12. You may order from this issue's sidebar.
WG No. 75, A Child's Norwegian Sweater
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