From The Desk Of Elizabeth And The Catapult: Giant Knitting Needles

Keepsake (Compass), Elizabeth Ziman’s fourth record, began when her landlord was considering jacking up the rent and she had to move across the street into a tiny apartment, far away from her recording gear and the baby grand piano on which she loved to write. Or it began when she started keeping a dream journal, writing down snippets of visions in the middle of the night, or first thing in the morning on awakening. Or it began when she started leafing through old journals and diaries, little half-finished snatches of lyrics and couplets and freewriting, and tried to see if she could shape them through to some kind of completion. Well, who’s to say where anything begins or ends? But for Ziman, who records as Elizabeth And The Catapult, Keepsake was definitely a milestone record—the end of one thing, and the beginning of something else. Ziman will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on her.

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Ziman: I first heard of giant knitting needles from my friend Diva, who is so passionate about knitting that she once knit a mile-long scarf named Emilio 🙂 I personally haven’t used the large needles yet, as I’m rather clumsy and seem to stay at the same basic level of knitting no matter how many years I’ve been at it. Still, I do like to buy needles on the larger side so I can finish my annual scarves in time for the holidays. Not sure my friends necessarily want another scarf from me, but they can always expect one.

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