Monday, thirty six excited knitters gathered in the 2nd floor classroom of the Lion Brand Yarn Studio for a very special reason . . . Meg Swansen had come to town. Meg and Amy Detjen came to teach the one of a kind EPS, the Elizabeth Percentage System. The Elizabeth in question, is of course, Meg’s mother, and the mother of modern knitting, Elizabeth Zimmerman.
The class set up was brilliant. A camera shot Meg’s hands and everything was projected on the wall so everyone in class had a up close view. They have been running these classes like this for years, and I must say, it is fantastic.
Not only could you see every detail of each increase, decrease, short row shaping technique she taught, but sweater details as well.
Meg showed us up close details like corrugated rib and Elizabeth’s fake seams. Then we all go to pass the samples around to see them up close and personal!
There were some truly swoon worthy samples shown, like the AMAZING sweater shown in the picture above. I’ve never experienced knitwear that made me weak in the knees.
In addition to working through an entire yoke sweater using the EPS, we learned all sorts of fantastic tips. The real gift of the evening was Meg sharing Elizabeth’s spirit of “why not”. Meg told wonderful stories of the times people told her mother something couldn’t be done and EZ’s answer was usually, “Watch Me”. The message of the evening was loud and clear: it’s our knitting; we’re in control; we own it; make it ours!
Amongst all the wonderful samples were a few extra special sweaters…one’s knit by Elizabeth herself. Some followers of EZ will probably recognized the little sweater in this picture. It’s Cully’s sweater. An adorable raglan sweater that EZ knit as a workshop sweater, showing 4 different types of raglan shaping.
That’s me trying not to faint holding Elizabeth Zimmerman’s sweater
Michelle had to get into the act too. This is another sweater knit by EZ herself.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to Meg Swansen and Amy Detjen for sharing an unforgettable evening of knitting, and inspiration!