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Zimbler Cowl

Congratulations to reader photogmomma on winning Amy Gunderson’s new book! Check your email for further instructions…


When I was 6 years old, I feel off the top of a jungle gym and shattered my elbow. I was taken to the local hospital, who told my parents my injuries were so severe that my arm would not recover. The doctors there believed it would stop growing, wither and be rendered useless. They recommended amputation.


My parents refused to believe that and took me to Boston’s Children’s Hospital. There, Dr. Zimbler was able to perform surgery on my elbow with positive results. He set it with titanium pins and after many months of painful physical therapy, my elbow was fully functional. Many years later, no one would ever know anything happened to my elbow just by looking at it. Even the scars have faded to almost nothing.

To this day I think of Dr. Zimbler. He saved my elbow and therefore, my entire arm. I would not be able to write or knit without his help, two of my favorite activities.


100% of the pattern proceeds from the Zimbler Cowl will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.

While the doctor that saved my arm was not part of this amazing program, it is an incredible organization that delivers independent emergency medical care to victims of armed conflict, brings relief in the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters, and fights deadly epidemics in more than 70 countries around the world.

Dr. Zimbler is one of thousands of talented doctors who change the lives of people for the better. Being a doctor is a calling, and an important one at that. How many people have a career that can literally save lives?


Thank you, Dr. Zimbler.

The Zimbler Cowl uses 3 hanks of Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Hand Dyes, or about 300 yards of any worsted weight yarn. Pattern available for download here.


2 Comments Post a comment
  1. photogmomma #

    Thank you so much! I sent you an email… 🙂

    What a gorgeous cowl! How fortunate you are that your parents chose to challenge the initial diagnosis and find someone who would help you through such a challenging time. And lucky for us that they did!

    Thanks again.

    April 7, 2014
  2. Erika Towle #

    Your story is a great reminder for people to get second opinions for any type (from someone who’s had 2 major back surgeries) of surgical procedure! Glad you had great results & are able to knit such pretty things!!

    April 7, 2014

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