EZ, as in Elizabeth Zimmermann, rather than easy. Although the knitting *is* pretty easy on this. I think every knitter should read at least one book by Elizabeth Zimmermann. I have Knitting Without Tears and Knitter’s Almanac. Reading these books is like having a favorite aunt chat me through knitting projects.
My friend K recently asked me if I would knit a Baby Surprise Jacket if she spun the yarn for it. Elizabeth Zimmermann’s BSJ is a classic in the knitting world. I knew I’d have to knit one at some point in my knitting career. This one is for a mutual friend. What a cool idea! And another friend is on button duty, so this is truly a group project.
K sent me four balls of pretty handspun. The colorway is Crayon. It turns out that the fiber was from two dye lots, so there are two balls of predominantly blue yarn, and two of a pinker hue. I’ve decided to alternate knitting from the two dye lots; I’m swapping after every six rows (three garter ridges).
I cast on for this last weekend at Black Butte. I’m using the sample Lantern Moon interchangeable needles. I cast on with the rosewood tips, and after a couple rows I decided that I really wanted to try the ebony tips. It’s easy to change tips in the middle of a project. But there was only one ebony tip in the size I needed (the sample case had been raided), so here’s what I’m working with now.
I like them both, but I prefer the ebony. The rosewood tips feel a little pointier to me than the ebony tips; I prefer a more rounded tip. Now to settle in to knitting!