As in, keep it simple stupid.
Elizabeth Zimmerman. At last, I broke down and purchased this book. After looking at it for a month - gosh, no discounts on this gem, I had to get it. I wasn't able to find it at a local bookstore... lucky for me, Lakeside Fibers had a copy for me yesterday - I marched right to the books. Success.
I browsed through it last night, what a delight. It reads like a family scrapbook - with "recipes" scattered throughout. I wish I could have known EZ, she just sounds like a neat women with the most unique and exciting history. And for knitting - what a pioneer! EZ's books always seemed so old fashioned - and then after much stalking over at brooklyntweed - clearly EZ is an inspiration for him, he says so - Jared Flood makes garter stitch looks so freaking special, so basic, yet so gorgeous. I have been missing the boat. Up to now, I have failed to see the value of the true mothers of knitting, I need to slow down and consider these women. It is maybe an "ah-ha moment" that perhaps knitting isn't just about the "next best thing", the latest sock yarn, the latest pattern - it's time to appreciate the basics. Thus k.i.s.s...
So now the Baby Suprise Jacket is in my sights - and coincidentally I have fallen into an amazing swap over at Ravelry -(insert drumroll) EblinaBirks offered to spin me some custom yarn for the BSJ - omg - an offer straight from the knitting Gods!! She knew how much yarn the BSJ would take, and set to dying and spinning, I feel a little humbled by this fabulous generosity. Again, just another reminder of how much you knitters rock!