Beginner Knitting Books
I second the "Knit Fix" book. I would also recommend a stitch dictionary the Harmony Guides are reasonably priced, there are also Vogues Stitchionary, "Mary Thomas' Book of Knitting Patterns" (old with black and white pictures, but still a rather streamline book of information) and the Barbara Walker's dictionaries (which are classics). Some folks also like Elizabeth Zimmermann's "Knitting Without Tears," I like Jacqueline Fee's "The Sweater Workshop" you can go throught the knitting basics on a swatchy bag thing so you are comfortable and familiar with the techniques that will be used in sweater making and she gives you basic styles of sweaters to make. HTH.
Judge: Madame, either you will have to cease knitting or I will have to cease judging. Which shall it be?
Miss Marple: It helps me to concentrate, milord.
Judge: It does not help me, madame.
Miss Marple: Oh. Very well. (puts away knitting)
Judge: Thank you, Madame.
The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.
~ Geoffrey Chaucer - The Parliament of Fowls Line 1.