Sunday, October 26, 2014

Director's Cut - Anna Zilboorg - The Knitmore Girls


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This director's cut episode is brought to you without commercial interruption by XRX books: Now your socks can be a magnificent as your mittens! In this expanded edition of the original “Magnificent Mittens” that includes Anna’s toe-up, free-sole sock designs.  With stranded patterning on the top of the foot and plain sole, it is elastic, easily reinforced, and easily repaired. No longer are color-patterned socks too much work for too little wear.

Magnificent Mittens & Socks
45 Fine & Fanciful Hats to Knit
Fancy Feet (reprint: Simply Socks)
Knitting for Anarchists
Barbara Walker
Betsy Harrell's book
Half-stranded socks (found in Sock Knitting Master Class)


  1. Thank you so much for airing this interview. It was so enjoyable & fascinating. I have listened to it several times & have even encouraged my husband to do the same. Of which he obliged me & enjoyed it also. I would love to meet Anna in person some day. What an incredibly interesting woman. I immediately went online & bought Knitting for Anarchists & I can tell you that the reviews } had read about it changing your knitting life is true. It is so simple & yet so revolutionary. I've encouraged my other knitting pals to listen to the interview & buy the book. I have a close friend who is definitely an Anarchist knitter & I could never put a name to the way she did things, thank you Anna. I suppose I am a fledgling Anarchist Knitter & proud of that & wish that I would have had your tutilage oh so many years ago when I first learned to knit. I've been knitting for over 40 years & it's true, you're never too old to rethink or reinvent how you can do something. Knitting will never be the same.....thank Goodness! :-)

    1. I just listened to this interview and plan to listen again. I have Anna's sock book and mitten book, but I am putting Knitting for Anarchists on my wishlist. Anna is a great speaker and I don't care if she is "grumpy". I too do my knitting my own way, even if my mother in law and her friends say I am doing things wrong. I have been doing my knitting "wrong" for 38 years, but it works out! Now I am doing my spinning "wrong"!!

  2. Anna sounds like a fascinating person, in all areas, not just knitting.

    I just bought the Interweave video of Anna teaching the Perfect Buttonhole. It's fantastic, and on sale right now for only $2.99.

    One thing I love about it (being something of an anarchist myself) is that Anna works the purls "Eastern" style (wrapped the other way around) and makes no apologies for that. However, I think she should at least mention that the viewer's stitches may look a little different. I can see how it could be confusing for people who haven't been introduced to this style of knitting.