Thursday, June 12, 2008

EZ Knitting

Sometimes I find myself going through phases. Maybe I'll eat a lot of fruit for a few days, or only want to drink lemonade. Sometimes I think we should eat more fish so I try to include it in the menu at least once a week, then I'll revert to my old friends, chicken and beef.

At the moment, I seem to be on a bit of an EZ jag. It could be because I love her writing. Everytime I pick up one of EZ's books, I feel like knitting is really very simple and you don't need a pattern just a working knowledge of knits and purls. She seems to be a comforting presence in the midst of the knitting storm. Maybe that's why every once in a while, I come back to EZ just like sometimes you just want an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. They are comforting.

I pulled out my Knitters Almanac (best book ever and totally financial responsible at about $8 a pop) and starting whipping up some baby things. The thing with EZ's patterns is that sometimes she assumed that you knew a lot and therefore doesn't always go into details about things. (Ravelry is an excellent place to sort out these minor questions. You can always ask me, too, but I might not have a quick answer.) Sometimes you may have to go with the flow and hope for the best, as with the BSJ, and sometimes you can just knit happily along until EZ says you can cast off. Fortunately, most of her patterns work well with a variety of yarn gauges so you can use whatever you have on hand.

The February Baby Sweater is drying after a quick dunk in some Eucalan. Once I've sewn on some patterns, we'll have a big reveal. I'm also making some matching Leggings after seeing how great T.'s turned out.
I knit the waist band in KP Shine Sport for fear of running short of the Lorna's Laces Sport in Aslan. I really like the drape of the Shine and can see myself using it again. It turns out these leggings are going very quickly, as do most baby projects, but I'm pretty sure the kid will have to grow into these.

I think my next project will be another EZ pattern, but for myself. Have you seen it yet? Have you added it to your queue? T. is home for a couple of weeks looking after a bum knee. I'm pretty sure she's already cast on.


T. said...

No I haven't...not yet.

SInce the only thing I can do right now is sit, knitting is about my only source of sanity.

Amanda said...

EZ'z books hold a fascination for me too. I love her writing style. I don't always have the confidence to just plunge right in though.

andi said...

Love EZ! I've seen that sweater - very tempting.