Zimmermania

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Another EZ virgin confesses all!

I'm a virgin no more... I've knitted two Baby Surprise Jackets - and I'm hooked!
Having followed this blog - and the blogs of many other EZ fans for months, I finally ordered and received the pattern for the Baby Surprise Jacket in February and very quickly completed my first experiment. I was so excited that I quickly knit another one.
I love to experiment, and often buy cheap odds and ends - or find some in my (VAST) stash and try out a pattern before I commit good yarn to it.
For the first BSJ I used a 100g bundle of some acrylic yarn. I know it would break EZ's heart, but I had to experiment...

I was quite pleased with the outcome - despite the yarn... and without even thinking I grabbed the needles and quickly cast on for another BSJ.

This time I got a bit brave and experimented with two colours. I have a standard baby cardigan which I have knit so many times and I always like to add a few different colours to it to make it a wee bit more interesting. The pattern is one I made up myself, without knowing that I was using some of EZ's theories for pattern creation...

I thought I'd add a bit of colour to the second BSJ and used two different colours of purple to add the wonderful angular lines created by the pattern.

I really wanted to add a bonnet of sorts and as I didn't have an EZ pattern to match I decided to knit a pattern which I learned as a child, and which reminds me a lot of EZ's knitting pattern. You knit a long wavy strip, which stitches up into a wonderful wee hat. I was experimenting with the gauge and ended up with two hats, neither of which particularly fit the size of the BSJ, but I'll find something to fit!

A few days ago I went on a trip on the Amazon - and today I received the first part of my order; "Knitter's Almanac" and "Knitting Without Tears".

I can't wait to get started on the Modular Tomten. It's just my kind of thing.

Thanks for adding me to the list of EZ fans. I look forward to being able to ask questions here and share my new projects, now that the patterns have arrived...

Happy knitting (",)

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7 Comments:

  • The little purple BSJ is especially darling - I may have to add a little collar to my next version!

    By Blogger Sarah / Blue Garter, at 9:34 AM  

  • Thanks - and oh, I forgot to mention the collar. I like collars and I thought the jacket looked a little bit bare without one.

    By Blogger Tina - omme i London, at 10:27 AM  

  • oh it is a djævlehue, in danish, you made and i suppose you must be of danish or some other scandinavian origin.... i love the collar as well. there is a collar on the bsj on the cover of meg's bsj dvd. it is true it is a bit bare without anything but babies are often a little fattish right at that point so one doesn't really tell the lack of finish.

    By Blogger knititch, at 2:12 PM  

  • Thanks knititch, I thought it was called a "djaevlehjelm", but still don't understand the devil bit...
    Yes, I'm born and bred in Denmark and have a Danish language blog as well as my teeweewonders one. I think it shows on my profile.

    By Blogger Tina - omme i London, at 3:22 PM  

  • i think the devil bit has to do with the little triangle on the forehead. at least that is how i always interpreted it . and it is a genius bonnet. i agree. i have done loads in the past.

    By Blogger knititch, at 4:09 PM  

  • I am happily trusting EZ and knitting away on my own BSJ - but before I get ANY further, can you tell me how many stitches on the "outside" of the decreases you have when you get the to magical 90-stitch point? I am afraid I am going to have too few.

    THANK YOU

    By Blogger Susan, at 10:35 AM  

  • I'm currently making the baby surprise jacket (row 15). I'm just using the knitting workshop book by EZ. I really like your stripes that you put on the second sweater. When do you do your stripes? I really liked where they came out on your sweater but since I don't "get" what is going to go where from what I'm knitting I was wondering if you could help.

    I don't need exact rows just general guidelines, if you have a moment for this.

    Thanks in advance!

    By Blogger Nancy from Mansfield, tx, at 9:08 AM  

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