Opinions Are Like Assholes...
...almost everyone has one.
So Do I
I get one question most often from newer knitters than most any other question...
"What books should I have in my knitting library?"
Marilyn has answered this question before, and she and I are in pretty close agreement about most of the types of books that are used most often. I put my knitting books in one of four categories:
1. Basic techniques and beginner instructions
2. Stitch dictionaries
3. Basic pattern books and specific knitting techniques
4. Inspirational books
Here's my Amazon list of books that all knitters should have in their library.
For a basic/beginner book, almost any will do. I chose the Vogue Knitting book, but there are lots out there that will tell you everything you need to know. The internet provides all this information as well, and for the most part, I rarely reference my basic technique books.
For stitch dictionaries, I prefer the Barbara Walker Treasuries, although the Harmony Guides are good as well. I have both, and refer to them often when I'm looking for a design idea.
For basic pattern books, I look for any book that will give me basic dimensions for a simple pullover. For children's knitting, I love the MinnowKnits and the Knitting from the Top is great for a lot of basic sweater ideas. As for specific techniques, such as Fair Isle or Sock knitting, I have included a couple of my favorites that I have used over and over. I also love looking through Lace Knitting books and Marianne Kinzel and Sharon Miller are my favorites.
Finally, for inspirational books, I love the Simply Knit series, and the Unicorn Book/Jamieson Shetland books as well. I also refer often to my Kaffe books for inspiration.
It was a short weekend, with lots of things jammed into it, so I focused mainly on the dark tweed pullover.
I've finished about 11 inches on the back, and I'm hopeful to finish the back this week.