Again, I realize I'm late to the party, but I am catching the Zimmermania. On my sojourn to Imagiknit on Sunday with my friend Julie, I purchased two classic titles, Knitting Without Tears, and Knitter's Workshop. (along with a skein of Noro sock yarn and two Malabrigo worsteds, one the color of Cheetos!)
From her writings, it seems like we're on the same page on at least one issue. Why in God's name knit something flat if you can do it in the round?