I just recieved Knit 2 together by Tracey Ullman... Yes, the british comedian and she partnered with a lady that runs a local yarn shop. Funny anecdotes and great patterns.
Also I recommend The Knitter's Handy Bookof Patterns by Ann Budd - it has tons of patterns in all sizes included, I found it recommended in the back of the above book and found it at my local Barnes and Noble and had to have it!!
Hope this helps!
If you can't be a good example;
Then be a horrible warning... ;-)