Claire I must have missed this post when I saw your last one, I do apologize.
The one I received about a week ago was Zimmerman's "Knitting Without Tears". I have mixed feelings about it. What made me put it down immediately was her method for joining yarn, and Staci's from Very Pink is far superior (and quicker) when you're using 100% wool. Zimmermann said something about being too lazy to do it; she prefers to just join the new yarn together with the old in one stitch (hard for me to explain). After eyeing it suspiciously for a while, I picked the book up again.
I'm sure she must have been a force to reckon with back in the day, but thinking this book might be a little dated. She says that the only way to really do socks or mittens well is with dpns. I believe that to be true in the past. This is something she said close to 30 or 40 years ago! I believe this comment has more to do with circular needle construction and the cords, not sure :shrug: I've seen some pretty great looking gloves made with magic loop and they knit up quickly. I learned both ways myself.
Lastly, I feel that much of it was written in haste, and I think this is why it isn't beginner friendly. She could have elaborated a little more on thumbs with regard to mittens - a very difficult area for many knitters. She does relate some very valuable construction advice without going into too much detail and the book in general is very easy to read. I'll have to go through it some more in order to relate more positive feedback.
Overall I do like this book, just not what I was expecting. I ended up purchasing "The Principles of Knitting" almost immediately after - a very daunting book and a hardy reference when needed. The one I'm looking forward to purchasing very soon is the one by Vogue, and my references should be nearly complete (except for my socks books, I have one from Cookie A ....just...waiting...) I'll need experience with at least a dozen pairs of socks before attempting hers, so still debating if I'm going to just take the plunge when I'm ready, or get Ann Budd's first. My first socks will most definitely be top-down but I'm not averse to trying toe - up!