OK, I’m “supposed to” be working on my Provincial Tweed sweater. Or at least “supposed to” be coming up with a plan for that sweater.
Instead, my mind is a blank, and all I want to do is use up more of my sock yarn. I want to follow a pattern (no math for me today, thank you very much). And I want to do something quick, easy and familiar.
Well. I guess there’s just one thing for it.
I’ve gotta break out my Elisabeth Zimmermann and make another Baby Surprise Jacket.I love this pattern. It’s super simple, with almost zero finishing (unless you put in a bunch of stripes, which I plan on doing… oops). It’s absolutely ingenious, to the point where I have no idea how EZ figured out how to design and write the dang thing in the first place. It’s a great way to use up whatever bits and bobs of leftover yarn and salvaged buttons you have laying around. And, the pattern’s style is absolutely charming.
It’s not a standardized, modern pattern, that’s for sure. The copy that I use is a reproduced version of the original by-mail newsletter from 1968. It’s been written on a typewriter, and amended with little drawings, diagrams and notes from Ms. Zimmermann herself. She has includes little chivvying remarks and jokes in with her pattern instructions, and lets her personality shine through the text of her pattern. I feel like we would have gotten along swimmingly.Anyway, all that’s to say that I’m making a Baby Surprise Jacket for the little one, using all the leftover bits of blue and gray yarn I have left in my stash after finishing off his baby blanket. I’m really excited!
Do you have a favorite pattern you go back to time and again when you’re waiting for inspiration to strike?