Tuesday, July 24, 2007

where are the patterns?

Hi all,
I stumbled upon Zimmermaniacs last week following a convoluted path through several blogs, and am really intrigued about, particularly, the BSJ garment. There have been a few photos pre-seaming which give the idea of how it's knitted, which has been really interesting, and some of the colour combinations have been superb. (all hail the stash keeper!)
What I'm now interested in is finding out which books/publications have these patterns, so that I can begin the process of acquiring them for my library.
A couple of them are available in Australia, and of course from o/seas, so the difference between books here plus postage, and cheaper books plus airmail probably make them about the same price.
There are 2 available on ebay, but not really cheap (Knitting Workshop and Knitting Around), so I would be really interested in what you think would be the better one for me to get first, as in, which contains the most reasonably easy to achieve items, with a bit of a challenge. (I've been knitting for years, on and off, in spurts - like with all of my interests I seem to go through binges of one thing at a time, but as I get sidetracked I don't usually get much done). Maybe I should change my nickname to "unco-ordiknitted"!
Opinions will be greatly received.


  • Yikes!...those 2 books on ebay are very expensive!
    Knitpicks.com has both books for quite a bit less, here is a link:


    Just scroll through the list and you will find all of EZ's books at very reasonable prices; I just bought 4 of them. The only thing is, I don't know if they ship to Australia.

    "The Opinionated Knitter" has the BSJ pattern.

    Hope this helps :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:49 PM  

  • Knitpicks is currently having a book sale, and they have some of her books, including "the Opinionated Knitter":


    It is a collection of her old newsletters, and includes some of her patterns.

    By Blogger Sally Comes Unraveled, at 10:51 PM  

  • oops. It seems that two of us posted the same link at the same time. :)

    By Blogger Sally Comes Unraveled, at 10:52 PM  

  • You can get the BSJ pattern from Schoolhouse Press, which is run by EZ's daughter, Meg. It's a single pattern and isn't expensive. I think $3, plus postage.

    I have all of EZ's books and I think I'd suggest, to start, "Knitting Around", "Knitting without Tears" is also good and the teeny jewel, "Knitter's Almanac", the least expensive, which has the Gull Wing/February Sweater pattern in it and loads of other patterns and suggestions,tips, etc.

    By Anonymous Lisa, at 4:52 AM  

  • I got my opinionated knitter from amazon dot com and it was a cheap and quick service to the UK!

    By Blogger picperfic, at 9:16 AM  

  • If you are only getting one to start, I'd say get The Opinionated Knitter.

    By Blogger becky c., at 10:41 AM  

  • If you are interested in getting the BSJ pattern only, check out


    They sell it as a pamphlet. Otherwise, get the Opinionated Knitter.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:41 AM  

  • I bought mine on Amazon.com they were a good price.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:10 PM  

  • I emailed Schoolhouse Press and asked them to recommend a book based on my knitting interests and experience. They responded VERY quickly and suggested Knitting Workshop. I have ordered it and Opinionated Knitter after reviewing them at the library.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:21 PM  

  • Thats a good way to see if a book suits you, by looking at it first at the library:)

    By Blogger Monica, at 10:21 PM  

  • The pamphlet at Schoolhouse Press is inexpensive but the postage fee is a bad joke.

    By Blogger twingle, at 5:52 AM  

  • atknitpicks you can actually get a look in to the books which is nice. the books sell pretty much at the same price everywhere though. i love the almanac for the poetry.

    By Blogger knititch, at 2:10 PM  

  • You may be best off ordering the books directly from Schoolhouse Press. I'm fondest of Knitting Without Tears and Knitter's Almanac, but they're all good books. The shipping *will* be a bear if there isn't a distributor in your country. Alternately, the shipping won't be quite such a bear, but will take months since the item got stuck in a container ship.

    Several of the more famous patterns are repeated in multiple books. IIRC the Tomten jacket and the BSJ are on that list.

    By Anonymous Emily Cartier, at 2:26 PM  

  • I started with Knitting Workshop (purchase from Amazon US), then got Knitting Without Tears. Both are wonderful but, as a beginner, I found the BSJ "pattern" intermittently confusing. The BEST help on BSJ was to totally cheat and get the DVD from Schoolhouse Press. Worth every penny. Just watching Meg knit the jacket up, I learned loads of things.

    By Blogger Chris, at 11:58 AM  

  • Are you in Australia Judith?

    I bought my EZ books from Amazon.com and paid the airmail shipping to Aust. There were some of the books that I could get here, but it worked out cheaper (not cheap, just cheaper!) to buy them all from Amazon at the same time.

    By Blogger Melinda, at 7:05 PM  

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