Friday, January 15, 2010

New Knitting Books

I have been wanting the knitting book “Magnificent Mittens” for a very long time. The book was out of print and was selling on e-bay for $300-$1000. I was able to get it from the library and peruse it but I wanted my own copy.

Back in early November, Brian alerted me to the fact that it was now in print again and would be available in early December. I placed my order with Amazon and they kept delaying the delivery date so I finally canceled that order and purchased it at for $14. It arrived last Saturday and I am totally delighted with it. They have expanded the book to include socks.

The mitten patterns vary with some being more suitable for heavy snow areas. The socks are beautiful. There is a lot of interesting information as well as a graph for different size mittens for those interested in designing their own mittens.

My daughter remembered that I wanted this book and gifted it to me for Christmas.  I'm a happy camper!  There's a pair of knitted earrings (with wire) that I plan on knitting.  I've already purchased the materials.

I had a 40% off coupon for this book so I just could not resist it.

I started these "Lady Charles" mittens.  My daughter had one mitt completed when I visited her and I like it.  The pattern is not well-written at all.  The print on the cardstock is difficult to read as it is faded.  My frustration with this pattern is transporting me to the frog pond.  The yarn is Debbie Bliss which is expensive and very rough.

Happy Knitting!


  1. I've pre-ordered Anna Zilborg's book, but they could not deliver. Now I see it's out of stock everywhere!
    I've got the Itty Bitty book too, too cute! Too bad about the mitten pattern. They look really nice.

  2. What lovely new books! They'll keep you busy for a while.

  3. Congrats on the new books! I've been eyeing that Itty Bitty Toys book myself for awhile, and have a couple of others on my wish list. There's nothing like getting new books. :-)

  4. Wow, sounds like places are having a hard time keeping the new edition of that book on the shelf. I haven't purchased it yet, but I did browse a copy at Northampton Wools. Looks every bit as wonderful as the original.

    Sorry to hear about the poorly written pattern. That is so frustrating!

  5. I've been wanting that mitten book, too! Lucky you! I'll have to go on a quest for it.
    The Itty-Bitty Toys book looks like fun.

  6. What lovely books ! I am especially interested in the mitten book. I'd like to pick up the Itty-Bitty Toy book also. Bummer that the one mitten pattern is written badly. I hope she can figure out her own solution for it.

  7. What a lucky lady you are! The mitten book looks gorgeous! What great books. I know that you'll have a great time in your classes!

  8. I was THRILLED to see that MM was back in print! The patterns are gorgeous, but I love reading Anna's words too, she has a way of saying exactly what I feel.