Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

How to stick to your knitting

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Elizabeth Zimmermann

If you are a habitually tight knitter, try to kick the habit. Loose knitting tends to make your stitches look somewhat uneven, but what of it? Are you trying to reproduce a boughten machine-made sweater? Besides, it is surprising what blocking and a few washings will do to uneven knitting.

I used to think that people in the Olden Days were marvelously even knitters, because all really ancient sweaters are so smooth and regular. Now I realize that they probably knitted just as I do, rather erratically, and that it is Time, the Great Leveler, which has wrought the change—Time and many washings.

Elizabeth Zimmermann, Knitting Without Tears

Written by nevalalee

June 7, 2014 at 9:00 am

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  1. She was a stichery genius and thanks to her, I don’t fret about my knitting mistakes so much anymore. I suppose the same could be said about writing, too.


    June 7, 2014 at 10:42 am

  2. I’m not a knitter, but I love her writing.


    June 8, 2014 at 9:07 am

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