I was very fortunate to find a new copy of this in a knitting store, at regular price. The patterns and writeups are wonderful. I'm hoping that Lark Books puts this book back into print. Socks seem to be the popular small object to knit these days (witness Charlene Schurch's 2 socks books). However, mittens are equally quick, and fabulous ones like these always seem to create a stir when worn.
The patterns in this book are typical of the Komi people, and are quite a bit different than Latvian patterns. Charlene has included the use of handpainted fiber for backgrounds with solid for the reticulations and other pattern features. This lends a very contemporary look blended with the great folk patterns. All thumbs use a gore for better fit.
This book is well worth an interlibrary loan or, if one is lucky, a purchase.