Originally Posted by n0nnahs
Thanks for the quick reply! And no problem that they're in AmazonUK as I am also in the UK so it works for me! Hope I can browse some of them at Borders or other bookshops.
In that case as you are in the UK... where in the UK are you!?
If you are in London, I can recommend Waterstones in Oxford Street - they do only have a limited selection but I live near Wimbledon and the Wimbledon Waterstones knitting section was TINY! The Ox Street one was much bigger.
I didn't get to borders but I spent hours looking for a place to buy Happy Hooker - the Stitch N Bitch book for crochet. In the end I gave up and went to Amazon UK.
I can also recommend looking for the good housekeeping knitting pocket book - I can't remember the details (I have it at home and am at work right now will look when I get home) I got it from Ebay. It has an illustrated guide to all the different stitches.
Another good thing to look out for is a book of afghan squares - if it is stitches / patterns you want to try out. I found a baby afghan pattern on ebay from Annie's Attic that is made up of 25 squares. I'm looking for a nice wool to make it with, but the different patterns for the squares are what I'm most interested in. They will give me experience with different knitting techniques.
If you ever see a complete Creative Knitting folder (which was from the 80's) I also highly recommend it - it is what taught me to knit originally - was a weekly magazine with one of those "collect it each week and on week 15 get the free folder" type deals. I can't find mine but I did find the same and complete thing in a local charity shop. It was in immaculate condition.
I also bought this 25 bags to knit
and I have almost completed the bag on the cover of the book. It looks like a nice bag but I have to say I am rather disappointed with the book / results. The book wasn't that cheap (I got it at £16.99) and the yarns they want you to use are all Rowan - and they are pretty much one of the more expensive yarns available. I have found two errata already and it isn't very helpful in terms of suggesting things like lining the bags. Also a lot of the patterns / styles are just repeats in different colour ways. =/
Edit: and the sampler Afghan I got a pattern for is HERE