Folk Mittens published in 1997 (one of my oldie-but-goody stash) by Marcia Lewandowski is the latest on my chopping block! A lovely book to be sure, but I’m not likely to be making ethnic mittens any time soon.
Folk Mittens – back cover
Marcia is a Minnesota gal who at the time of the book was living in Bolivia. I looked her up on Ravelry and it seems that many of her posted designs are very Andean inspired so she may well be still living in the Andes.
This page of mitten shapes and thumb styles is really a good addition and great for a novice mitten-maker.
For those want to start out with the basics, classic mittens are perfect!
The majority of the mittens in the book have ethnic roots and are real beauties.
Colonial New England Mittens
Love these mittens with the clever inserted hearts!
A nod to Marcia’s adopted homeland in Bolivia.
Fun tiny mittens are a nice ending to the book.
How to Knit – Debbie Bliss
I’m starting this book review in a quandary – to keep or not to keep. On first pass, I was ready to chuck this one. As much as I love Debbie Bliss (fantastic UK designer), I didn’t think this book offered enough to keep on my shelf. On 2nd pass, I’m conflicted.
How to Knit – back cover
The back cover could have added a little more info for the reader? What were the publishers thinking?
The illustrations in this How-to are very clear and would be easy for a novice to use.
This section comes pretty early in the book – Chapter 3 as a matter of fact. It’s really Debbie Bliss’s favorite style so I’m not surprised to see it covered extensively.
In the middle of the Aran chapter, this simple cabled sweater is a simpler version of some of the other knits.
The best thing about this chapter is the 23 lace stitch pattern samples.
Love the edgings. This makes the book a winner. I just used the leaf edging for a project. Wish the instructions were charted and not so UK centric with yf terminology that is not used by US knitters.
Ok – I know you’re asking – what the hell is Entrelac. Not a common technique, but these illustration make it very clear.
What did I decide? I might keep this book for awhile and see if I refer to it before moving it along. My copy is a bit worn and I probably couldn’t sell. I do think the UK vs US make it less valuable for a new knitter, but then again – I’m not a new knitter.