For years, I've been reading about the wonders of Elizabeth Zimmermann. The recent Knitpicks book sale was a great reason to see what the fuss was all about, so I picked up copies of Knitters Almanac and Knitting Workshop.
First off, I wish I could have met this awesome lady before she passed on. Her curmudgeonly wit and knitterly wisdom make for a most entertaining read, and her knowledge of the fibre arts was staggering. [I was particularly fond of her rants on easy-care baby clothes and wool allergy.]
There were a couple of reasons I wanted to get my hands on these books, namely 2 projects I keep seeing in the hundreds on Ravelry and the blogosphere.
First off, the baby surprise jacket. I can't overstate how cool it is to see this:
It will be perfect for a newly-pregnant coworker.
And with all of the modifications, this can barely be called a February Baby Sweater, but the pattern was my starting point, so I still call it one.
I can see both of these becoming staples for me, as my Breedy McHumpalot friends continue to, well, hump and breed. Every week seems to bring another announcement of pregnancy, so I'll just keep on trucking, Elizabeth's words ringing in my head.