Hi Susie, and everyone!! I love the way you put age 49 in your signature!! Honey--I'm almost 56, and 49 sure does seem young to me right now!!
Anyway, I love books as much as I do knitting, and I have had a book called The Readers Digest Big Book of Needlework for many years. It has all the needle arts in it, and a very good knitting section in it, too.
But, I love Overstock.com and Amazon.com, and after going to my local library to look at their knitting books, I decided to order : The Knitters Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd, The Encyclopedia of Knitting, by(?), Christmas Stockings by-Interweave Press, Knitting in Plain English by Righetti, The Big Book of Knitting, by(?), Knitting Tips and Trade Secrets, and last but not least, Knitting without Tears, by Zimmerman (I think!!) . I didn't order them all at one time, but when shipping was free or I had a gift certificate, I ordered them.
Yes...I do love me some knitting books! But I do love the Knitters Handy Book of Patterns because it gives you sort of formulas for socks,sweaters,vests, mittens for any guage and any yarn, so that you can be really versatile and use what you might have. Not everyone has every size needle, especially starting out, so it really appeals to me that way too. It is a hard backed and is spiral bound and has a handy pocket in the back in which to store something and an elstic band to hold your page in place!! But I love just hauling them all out on a rainy day or an evening when dh is watching a ballgame and reading them, which is probably why I never seem to get as much knitting done as I think I should!! :XX:
KnitPicks also has some knitting books on sale I think...wannna race??