Friday, September 25, 2009

Elizabeth Zimmerman Study Group Gets Started

Last Wednesday evening 17 of us joined up for our first EZ Study Group. We started it off with a potluck dinner, watched a DVD clip and ended up with our project and homework for the month. We'll meet monthly just for the sole purpose of getting to know Elizabeth Zimmerman really well, through readings, knitting, and being together.

The part of the "Knitting Around" DVD we watched was EZ Digressions, chapter 8 and 9. Elizabeth talks dreamily in her British accent about her immigration to the US in the 30's. Being poor, pregnant and newly married to "her German". She talks about her three children, and the development of "School House Press", in the later years. In my humble opinion, she is truly a loving soul, who had definite care and concern not only for knitters, but for everyone. She had a real sense of humor!

We loved the DVD excerpt! We loved the way she talked, the way she told stories, some in "that's the way it is" fashion, and other stories very opinionated!

After the DVD, we had some brief discussion about what project(s) to tackle first. I say brief, because just about everyone in the group was ready to start a Baby Surprise or Adult Surprise Jacket. So off we go, checking out our yarn stashes, or to purchase yarn for the project.

Our other assignment is to read the book, "Knitters Almanac", and come back next time with small projects in mind for holiday knitting. And of course to bring the completed or "in progress" Surprise Jackets.

Our next time to meet is October 28, 6:00 - 8:00 at the shop. If you'd like to join us, please do!


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