I've got this friend ..
My blogless friend, Kim, asked me to post this on her behalf:
Introduced to Elizabeth Zimmerman by a dear friend many years ago, I have long admired and delighted in reading her books and watching her charming videos. A purchase of numerous skeins of wool at a garage sale gave me the perfect opportunity to “experiment” with knitting a sweater via Elizabeth’s Percentage System. I had nothing to lose! To start with, I had a totally different plan for this sweater. I had intended to continue using the blue in the yoke pattern. When it was apparent that I was running out of blue, I went back to my bag of wool and improvised. I had plenty of white and many shades of gray, so the Medusa yoke pattern from Knitting Workshop looked like the ticket. The yarn is Briggs & Little woolen worsted, knit on size 8 (US) circular needles. This sweater fits me perfectly. Elizabeth is right—you measure a favorite sweater and start calculating from there.
Feeling empowered by the success of the Medusa yoke sweater, I embarked on a Baby Surprise Jacket for my soon to be born nephew. Knit on size 8 (US) needles with Swish Superwash Wool from Knit Picks in Red Pepper it measures 22" around and 13" long. It took 5 skeins and left enough wool to knit booties to match.