Now or Never

So, I’ve been poring over my Elizabeth Zimmerman books for what seems like ages. (For real – there was a while where they were bedtime or bathtime reading. It’s sort of like knitting without actually doing any knitting.) About a month and a half ago I finally caved and started a Pi Shawl, because I had all manner of laceweight yarn kicking around to start something with, and I couldn’t stand waiting it out any more. It’s coming along, albeit slower now that I’m at the longest rounds that are over 500 sts.

The other project I’ve been coveting is the Fair Isle yoked sweater, with instructions in the Knitting Around book. I’ve also had the yarn kicking around, and knew straight out that I want mine to be a cardigan (steeking involved, but of course! mmm, delicious steeks), but have been stalling out due to other ongoing projects. So I told myself I would start it in November, and give myself a month. Tons of kntitters choose November as “National Sweater Knitting Month” or NaSweKniMo, a la “National Novel Writing Month” or NaNoWriMo. Sometimes it’s the deadline that gets things done.


Well, I didn’t start it right on November 1st, but November 3rd was good enough, and I’m a few inches into the body. It’s a lot of stockinette right at first, which is a bit hard to keep interesting, but on the other hand it’s good because this gives me a bit of stalling time to figure out exactly which colours I’ll use on the yoked part. I’ve got lots of options, just haven’t settled on the specific order yet.

I love knitting. You’re never short of fun decisions, I tell ya.


A few others on Twitter are following along with their own Elizabeth Zimmerman project for the month of November – come join in if you like! We’re using the hashtag #EZnovember and are entirely at our own whims otherwise.

Happy knitting this weekend!


  1. I love me some EZ sweater knitting. Works out every time! Good luck with yours, I can’t wait to see what you do for the colourwork portion.

  2. I love the colours you’re using… can’t wait to see the finished cardigan πŸ™‚

  3. deidre corbet · ·

    I’m also trying to do a sweater. It’s top down which I love cos I already know that i fits but will I have enough yarn? Wish me luck. Deidre

  4. There must be a fair isle yoke cardi bug going around – last night I spent 2+ hrs at my LYS ogling all yarn with colorful cardi projects in mind. I ended up buying a bunch of lace weight because I had such a hard time choosing color combos. But, I have so much gift knitting to do that I don’t have time to knit cardis for myself, anyway. 😦

  5. I am planning to work through Elizabeth Zimmerman’s almanac in 2011. I’ve got two months (more or less) to accumulate some yarn and get myself psyched up to start.

  6. Haha, how perfect! I’ve got a pair of EZ mittens I started last weekend, and everything.

  7. Well, my project isn’t quite as adventurous as yours, but it’s a sweater nonetheless! And I started on Nov 2 (or 3), my mind is muddled this week. πŸ™‚

  8. atomicfunk07 · ·

    OMG! I do that too! (reading EZ books for pleasure without actually doing the knitting myself) πŸ™‚ lolz

  9. OOOH! Looking forward to your colour choices for the yoke. I have a faint feeling that they are going to be super terrific delicious.

  10. ginaquilts · ·

    Looks wonderful! I started an EZ cardigan also this month. It’s my first time steeking although I’ve made many EZ pullovers. I’ll be following your project as well – good luck!

  11. Sounds great! I’m actually doing NaNoWriMo at the moment and knitting birthday and Christmas gifts at an astonishing pace, I love the colours you’re using πŸ™‚

  12. Zimmerman must be in the air, I started a bog sweater this morning from her Kitting All Around book.

  13. I designated 2010 as my year with Elizabeth Zimmermann. My latest was Lloie’s Cardigan . I’ve learned a lot by focusing on EZ this year, which is proof positive that you can teach an old knitter new techniques.

  14. Good on ya for the EZ stuff! I attempted the yoke sweater but it’s been sitting at the bottom of my bag since last Christmas. I can’t wait to see your results. Good luck!

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