When I saw this book in my local yarn store, I began to leaf through it and within a minute knew I wanted it. It is one of those beautiful coffee table knitting books, like Knitting Across America, which make every knitting cell in your body tingle and shift into the ready-set-knit position. Still, I will only buy a book if there are at least two or three patterns or techniques in it that I do not want to miss. This book (which is a collection of favorite patterns from yarn shops across the country) has many more than three. It includes everything from a baby outfit and children's sweaters and a tea cozy to a felted bag that is unlike any of the other wonderful felted bags that have been appearing in magazines lately. There are intricate intarsia and Fair Isle sweaters, simple cardigans with easy, yet pleasing details to entice even the most accomplished knitter, a lovely pair of socks, a Celtic Cardigan, felted tropical fish (a great way to try felting, as they really do not have to fit anyone), linen washcloths, two rugs, a shawl, and men's sweaters. Oh yes, and a hat. If you've spent the last few years gazing adoringly and longingly at the line drawings of sweaters in Amazing Threads' ads, but have never been quite ready to order a kit, in this book you'll find a section about their wonderful store as well as a Lace Ribs Pullover by Jacqueline Olsen, their master designer. The sweater features her trademark seamless saddle shoulder construction, and you could work from these directions to design your own similar sweater. She has also "unvented" a lacy bind-off and a cast-on, both elastic (as in stretchy, but without the use of real elastic) and attractive, featured in this sweater. It is just these sorts of details that make me buy books. Another exquisite design is the Cable-Wise Cashmere from L'Atelier. The carefully placed lines of wishbone cables on this graceful, elegant pullover incorporate elements of a medieval maiden's gown into a modern, sleek knitted garment. I shall probably knit it, although not in cashmere. I do wish the book could have included charts for all patterns that have textured designs, but I understand why it does not. Publishing costs rise with each additional page, particularly in a book as thick, colorful, and beautifully laid out as this one. There are charts for the designs that really need them, and readers would do well to buy some graph paper, sharpen a pencil, and take a look at the charts on page 13, where they will find symbols they can use to draw their own charts. If you draw your own chart from written row directions, you will really understand designs before beginning your knitting, and will develop into a more confident, grounded knitter and may become an independent designer yourself.