I think I've mentioned my awesome library system before. Basically I go online and can search a bunch of libraries in Illinois. Then I "place a hold" on the items I want and they are shipped out to my local library. The local library call me and I go pick them up! Now this is an excellent use of my tax dollars as far as I'm concerned! You may want to see if your library does this too!
So anyway, last week I was browsing the online catalog and came across a knitting book that almost looked like a text book to me. I hadn't seen it in the bookstores and I was really curious. So I "placed a hold" and was called a few days later. Wow!!
The book is called The Art of Knitting and it was written by Francoise Tellier-Loumagne (in French originally, but it has been translated into English). The sub title is "Inspirational Stitches, Textures, and Surfaces" and that is a great explanation for what this book is all about.
The basic format is this -- there is a graph with a basic stitch pattern, following that is a diagram of the pattern (this is in a format strange to me, but very useful in describing what the yarn "does" in a particular stitch pattern), then there is an illustrated representation of the knitted fabric. Next is the incredible part -- there are *numerous* photos of the stitch pattern knit with different materials including many different yarns and sometimes combinations of yarns. It is a visual treat!
The book is massive with over 300 pages, 600 color photos and hundreds of diagrams. There aren't any "patterns" in here, it's more of a collection of ideas that will inspire and hopefully get you creating your own knitwear!
Really -- check this book out! I think that you will be glad that you did!
I'm going to post this over at Two Frieds Collect Books too!