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Magnificent Mittens & Socks: The Beauty of Warm Hands and Feet Paperback – January 10, 2010
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"Brings to life Anna's love of color and pattern. This collection offers interesting techniques, from the mittens' unique beginnings to their decorative finishings." Nancy Bush, author, Folk Socks
"Anna Zilboorg has reinvented the mitten and given us clear instructions to knit a bundle of beautiful, warm mittens. I can't wait to try knitting a pair of tip-first mittens." Robin Hansen, author, Fox & Geese & Fences
"Anna Zilboorg is a modern master . . . her love of ethnic and antique textiles combined with a natural ability to use color faultlessly creates and outstanding collection of mittens. Fanciful shaped cuffs inspire the knitter . . . This is a book to keep in your library forever." Kristen Nicholas, author, Kristen Knits
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Most knitting books feature a new technique, a dozen or so patterns, and filler at the back. Not in Anna Zilboorg's book!! Three pages of techniques and abbreviations, one page of embroidery and knitting-in beads, two pages of yarn dying recipes for the vibrantly colored yarns used in the photographs (should you desire the exact colors), a few lovely pages from Alexis Xenakis about Anna, and the rest of the book, 143 pages of heart-stopping riotous stranded colored mittens and socks.
Anna explains several new techniques for top down mittens and socks (half stranded socks is my favorite) as well as old methods. Her tone is grandmotherly; but her knowledgeable prowess as a former college professor is still very much her style.
If you think you know everything about making mittens and socks from those "one technique" books, I say, "Ha! Anna has many things to teach us." Thank you Anna, I love this book!
I've knitted her patterns in the past and if you follow her instructions, the mittens come out beautifully. Interestingly, he mitten patterns start from the bottom up utilizing a figure-8 cast-on. It appears counter-intuitive but it REALLY does work.
Her sock patterns start from the toe up and are as beautifully patterned as the mittens. To make the sock patterns easier, Ms. Zilboorg incorporates the mitten patterns into those of the socks.
I give this book my highest recommendation both for beauty and practicality. I live in Alaska where warmth is important. I knit a pair of Ms. Zilboorg's mittens for a dog musher who has used them and 40 degrees below zero. Not only do they keep her warm, they have also lasted seven years with regular use!
The book is ideal for beginners and experts alike. It begins with very simple instructions and a simple mitten to start with. She explains her logic in the 3 different thumb designs, in case you always wanted to know why there are different placements for them. She then lets you stroll thru all of the beautiful designs and encourages you to let the project flow of itself.
She also encourages you to line the mittens with angora. I would never consider doing that, but after her explanation on why and why we should treat ourselves and this worthy project to such treatment, I feel compelled and excited to do the same.
All in all, a terrific book that differs from many knitting books - don't skip a word of it!! I look forward to a day when I might be able to see her and her work in person.