Elizabeth Zimmermann is known as the grandmother of modern knitting. Her sphere of influence is so wide that it’s impossible to even know how much she influenced knitting. She is the tenderly missed matriarch of our knitting community.
Her words still echo through the four books that she herself penned, and also through the two books that were published posthumously by her daughter Meg Swansen. She was famous for her conversational style directions, her it’s-your-knitting-attitude, and belief, that YOU, the clever knitter that you are, can do anything. She changed knitting through her countless patterns, and her true love of the craft.
I, like many other knitters, just love everything about good Mrs. Zimmermann. I love her knitting so much, that I am dedicating years of my knitting life to knitting my way through the sensational Knitting Workshop. Published in 1981, by Schoolhouse Press, which she herself founded, it will ever be by my side, her tender words of wisdom guiding my needles, as I work the timeless classics that it is filled to the brim with.
It won’t be easy, but nothing worth doing ever is. I’m going to use this as a chance to learn, to grow, and to change as a person, or at least I hope so. It will be with me through the good times and the bad. As she herself said, in 1971’s Knitting Without Tears,
“Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.”