Thursday, August 09, 2007

EZ to the rescue (again)...and a query

EZ Feb. Baby Sweater
My super pal Mike of Socktopus sent me a recording of Elizabeth Zimmermann telling her life story--of growing up in England, studying in Germany, meeting her husband, and coming to America. I played it on a recent car trip and was completely enthralled. When you tell things like this to your non-knitting friends, they think you're barmy. (A fine EZ vocab word). Her delivery is pure magic and she has such a knack for recounting events in a charming and detailed way. Listening to it motivated me to dust off my wayworn copy of Knitter's Almanac and finish a wip that was laying fallow in the bottom of the wip basket of purgatory. You might recall that I had a mini nervous breakdown over running out of yarn. As it turns out Babs had a skein of it to spare, and Bob's-your-uncle I was back in business. Hot damn!
EZ Feb. Baby Sweater
The Specs
Pattern: February Baby Sweater
Yarn: Koigu p403 (2.5 skeins held together)
Needles: size 6
Mods: I did the sleeves in the round using 2 circs. I love the pattern but next time will use a solid yarn as the pattern is lost in all of the Koigu variegated madness--two strands held together was just a little too busy. But don't I get style points for using Koigu for a non-sock knit?

EZ Feb. Baby Sweater
A funny thing happens when you work on one project exclusively--you actually finish it! The UFO August drill is proving to be of great use to me, as within the past week I have finished two pain-in-my-ass projects and this weekend should see the completion of the dastardly wip that has been on the needles the longest. Stay Tuned!

Part of my jobs involves overseeing student-created podcasts that are used in a foreign language classroom, so the whole podcasting thing is not foreign to me. I love the concept and think it has a myriad of genius applications. I have listened to a variety of knitting podcasts--some really dry and serious in a sort of formal way, and others raucous, chatty and completely annoying in that 'you had to be there' sort of way. But I have yet to find one that makes me want to put my Morrissey away. I am curious to know which podcasts you enjoy, and why. I am bandwagon-ready, but can't seem to find one that appeals to me.

38 comments:

Alana - Knit Wit said...

That little sweater is absolutely adorable!! Aren't you glad you finished it?!?

Terhi said...

What a darling little cardi! Nice that you were able to find another skein of that yarn. :-)

I think Stash and Burn is my favourite knitting podcast. I usually listen to Jenny and Nicole when I'm commuting to work (I usually knit too), and it kinda feels like knitting with friends. :-)

sophanne said...

I saw a blog where someone did one of EZ's sweater patterns (using 100 as "the number") on a set of size 1 circs to give it a test run. I'm so tempted by those knitting workshop dvd's.

The only one I've listened to is David Reidy's Sticks and Strings. He's out of Australia so even when he's talking local (which isn't so much) you don't really care because of that accent. And I like hearing a man's voice on the radio better than a woman's-unless Kathleen Turner decided to do a podcast. I listen on the drive to work as well when I've run out of This American Life episodes.

Kristin said...

This a great query! I am a podcast virgin and have no idea where to start. Just in time too, I just got my ipod all set up in the car.

Kirsten said...

That is a very sweet sweater. Glad to see the UFOs coming under control. This UFO August thing is working out pretty well for me too.

I like listening to some of the NPR podcasts, not knitting related I know, but good listening. Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me is a fav.

Jennifer said...

Darling sweater! I am a great fan of the audio book but haven't gotten into the whole podcast thing, except for the occasional NPR. Honestly, {{goes out on limb}} I don't get the point of most of them?

kim said...

I think it's very pretty, but I see your point about the Koigu. I would like to make it in a neutral, but, hey, that's just me.

I have noticed that you've been finishing quite a lot of projects lately. I've been wanting to make this sweater, but I'm waiting for the right baby, as I think it's decidely girlish, no?

I listen to Cast On--mainly because I enjoy Brenda's voice. Recently, I've downloaded the Knitpicks podcasts, which I find interesting from the perspective of 'WTF - they get to knit AT WORK?!'

Laura said...

Cute sweater! I think it looks nice in the Koigu, myself.

Just wanted to add another vote for Stash and Burn and the Knit Picks podcast. Stash and Burn is definitely my favorite knitting podcast. I like the format of a conversation, but they keep it on topic, which is nice. The KP podcast is surprisingly good ... I sort of expected something on the order of a long commercial, but actually no. The thing that is nice about both of them is that they are relatively short -- usually 30-40 minutes.

And for non-knitting podcasts, you can't go wrong with This American Life.

uberstrickenfrau said...

Oh, I love EZ< I loved reading her book Knitting Around, learning about her life. To hear her tell it in her own voice would be a treat! I'm still living like it's 1999 so haveing a Ipod isn't in my plans till say, oh 2099. No help at all .

gradschoolknitter said...

I haven't started listening to any knit podcasts either, although I am intrigued. And last night I saw this list on knitting.about which gives a decent outline on a variety of podcasts.

Cecile said...

What an adorable sweater! I am a podcast virgin. I'll have to try that Stash and Burn one.

Risa said...

That sweater is too cute. I'm sending tons of style points your way!
I'd love to hear the outcome of the podcast question. I haven't ventured that direction yet.

Kyle Kunnecke said...

you are an enabler. I finally broke down and went to amazon.com and bought the EZ DVDs - hearing that you had an audio recording of EZ talking about her life made me want (nay, need) to be in her presence. thanks for making me spend money!! :)

Yarnhog said...

So so so so cute! What a great baby sweater! (Would you believe my life is completely EZ-free? I don't know why I'm so resistant, but I have never so much as picked up one of her books. I think it may be my innate sense of self-preservation asserting itself.)

Sonya said...

Super cute cardigan! When they say EZ was a genius, they ain't kidding. Stash and Burn and Cast On are the only two that I listen to regularly.

Zarah said...

Great sweater. My fav knitting podcasts are Cast On and Ready Set Knit (although I have to lock up my credit cards while I listen so I don't cruise over to the WEBS site and buy up all their inventory).

Sarah said...

Wish I could fit into that sweater.
Isn't it great that Apple has managed to make ipods school worthy. I had to use those old cassettes in my french practical sessions.

tiennie said...

Great job on the baby sweater!
My podcasts:
Stash & Burn - fun, friendly girls
Sticks & String - I could listen to his accent all day
Cast On - Queen of knit podcasts
Craftlit - Books and fiber - what more can you want?

Those are my favorite. Hope you like them!

Erin said...

This is for sure my fav baby sweater pattern. Your version turned out so cute. Nicely done!

Octopus Knits said...

How cute! I haven't really listened to any podcasts consistently yet... so I'm not much of a help there.

Ashley said...

You know, I've listened to a pretty wide variety of knitting podcasts; people will enthuse, I'll go download. And you know, I've finally come to terms with the fact that I just don't like podcasts. I don't know why--I listen to NPR constantly, so it's not like I don't like talk radio, and obviously, i like knitting quite a bit--but I just don't. And I'm OK with that :)

Dove Knits said...

It's so, so cute!

I've never listened to a knitting podcast. I don't think I'd like it -- I want to SEE things, not hear about them.

schrodinger said...

I think it's super-cute, well done getting it out and finishing it. As for podcasts, I've tried it, but I decided they're not my thing really - sorry, no help here.

Angela said...

Great sweater!

Cast-On is my favorite, and I enjoy Stash and Burn, as well. Sticks & String has become my Sunday-night-wind-down listen. There are a few I've tried and abandoned (primarily ones who blather on about their own brilliance), and a few I download but don't listen to religiously. Marie Irshad's (sp?) is also good, but she goes a long time between posts.

Diana said...

The sweater is cute, and yes you do score knitting points!!!!

As for podcasts.... I'm with you... they seem to be either dry or "you had to be there". I skip around and just listen to one every once in a while but never seem to make it through the entire podcast. Maybe I have a little A.D.D.

amanda cathleen said...

Fantastic baby sweater! Thats going to be one lucky kid that gets that one : )
I wish I could listen to podcasts, but I swear its just as bad as trying to make a phone call for me. I hit play and then I hear "mommy!!"

Nora said...

Oh, MAN! I would LOVE to listen to EZ reciting her story!

Sorry I can't offer any advice re the podcasts - another obsession like that would just be the end of me!!

PS: The baby jkt is beautiful - that variegated yarn is the perfect choice.

Pheelya said...

What an adorable sweater!

Romi said...

I love that sweater!

a friend to knit with said...

such a fabulous little sweater.....maybe i should turn my chevron into this! :)

Spincerely said...

Very cute sweater! I have a girl friend who is expecting and I can't wait to start knitting a baby sweater!!! I've been listening to podcasts for a while. My fav is Cast On. I love Brenda's voice and her format and her guest essayists. I also like the Knitpicks podcast and I was happy to find out that is was not a huge commercial. Ready Set Knit is good too - that one is a bit more commercial-esque - but in a good way. They let you know what is going on sale! I'm surprised that no one mentioned Lime and Violet as I that that was the most popular Knitting Podcast out there. Very funny and entertaining. I have no clue how they have time to keep up with everything happening in the knitting world though...
Well, off to look up Stash and Burn as that is a new one for me! Great query, btw...

WonderMike said...

Hey Honey, I love that Koigu Baby Sweater chef d'oeuvre. Excellent work.

Here are my favorite podcasts and why:

1. Lime & Violet - I think it's done well (i.e. doesn't sound like it's recorded in your dorm room) and I'm always intrigued by their WIPs, reviews and topics.

2. Stash and Burn - again, good content.

3. Cast-On - I love the presenter and always find her subjects engaging. My only problem with the p-cast is the production quality. Perhaps it's getting better.

4. Knitter's Uncensored - Besides thinking that all three of the hosts are hilarious and cute, I like that they are in Germany and always talk about the culture and knitting from that point of view. Plus they got me hooked on Wollmeise. They know their fiber.

I've been thinking of doing a podcast.. Maybe we should collaborate....

*mwah*
~maw

Lone Knitter said...

That baby sweater is darling. Too cute! You know, I haven't really gotten in podcasts. I think I'm way behind on this one. Maybe I should go a hunting for some!

Woman who knits said...

Adorable sweater!!

Podcasts I love:
Sticks and Strings - David R is just great, lots of good info and wonderful music

Knitters Uncensored - Just plain funny and entertaining with really great info

Lime and Violet - Again, funny and good info

Cast-On - Relaxing, great music and just plain wondeful!

CraftLit - My favorite. You learn about knitting AND get to hear great books. Heather O is a former English teacher so you explore the classics while you knit!

SJ said...

Beautiful sweater! I see what you mean about the pattern getting a little lost in the color variegation, but I can't imagine any baby would not want to be wrapped up in Koigu -- hell, I'd want to be wrapped up in Koigu if I could afford to knit myself a sweater!

As to podcasts, my favorites are Cast On (because Brenda could read the IRS code to me and I would love it), Lime & Violet (for laughs and yarn pr0n), and Craftlit (so someone else can read a book to me and I can rest my eyes).

Jen said...

I gave up looking for knitting podcasts for the reasons you mention. I'm addicted to NPR podcasts instead.

~Kristie said...

What an adorable sweater. That's definitely one on my "to do" list (along with about a zillion other projects).

The knitting podcasts I consistently listen to are:
Cast On, Sticks & String, Stash & Burn, and SSK.
Some episodes are great and some aren't, but I find that if I'm not enjoying it, I just shut it off and go back to my music.

ali said...

Way to go on the project completions! And I know what you mean about the knitting podcasts... I haven't found one I'd go back to hear more of yet... and I don't have time to produce one of my own, though I have toyed with the idea, he he he...

My computers/firewalls/etc... are all up and running again, so I'm back in the game!
Still bummed about missing you over the 4th of July- maybe we can hook up on your next Minnesota visit...
Anyhoo-
Happy knitting-
ali