As the nights grow shorter I'm even more grateful that usual for the new books and e-courses that have arrived Chez Feral in the last week!
Updated Edition of Knitting Workshop by Elizabeth Zimmermann.
Meg Swansen (EZ's daughter) and Cully Swansen (EZ's grandson) updated the well-loved 1981 original homespun Knitting Workshop with color photographs, more fully expanded written instructions, EZ journal entries, and additional details about, for example, such technical details as handling the jog in circular knitting or determining raglan decrease rates.
My first exposure to EZ was through her bi-annual leaflet Wool Gathering and her earliest books: Knitting Without Tears and Knitting Workshop. These black-and-white publications gave the impression that EZ was all about natural neutrals, Wisconsin wabi sabi minimalism. It was a shock to discover that the garments I'd been viewing were actually often quite colorful! The Updated Edition of Knitting Workshop might be equally startling to readers familiar with the original version--lots of color photographs! At Knitting Camp last summer Meg mentioned that they had managed to locate just about every one of the original garments to be photographed in color.
Garments that were only hinted at in photo captions are fully laid out in the updated edition: the Epaulet Jacket, for example. And a sweater I'd never seen before (this is totally surprising because I fall into the Somewhat Obsessed EZ Fan Club and I thought I knew it ALL!), the Shaded Diamond Yoke Sweater, fleshes out the unadorned chart in the original version. I would say that there is so much new material in the updated edition that even people who have the original book should lay out the $24 for the new one.
I love the new edition and it now sits happily on my shelves next to the humble rusty red original.
Eliza's Home by Rachael Herron
Rachael has fleshed in the background to her Cypress Hollow series of knitting-related romance novels with her new novella Eliza's Home. The "quotes" from the fictional Eliza Carpenter in Rachael's books created such a vivid picture in my mind that I can't wait to curl up with this book!
Amy Herzog's Craftsy class
Last August I gave Amy Herzog's Knit to Flatter a very positive review. In fact, I was so impressed that I signed up for her Knit to Flatter Craftsy course. Amy is a dynamic instructor and the course, so far, is very well organized. It is clear to me, after teaching Fair Isle design for so many years, that we can all use help making sweaters that fit our bodies well.
Wishing you the happiest of holidays!