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Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters by Ann Budd
A spiral bound book, which is sensible when you need to flip between pages. Good because it gives all sizes from small children to extra large adults. There are 5 basic designs - seamless yoke, raglan, set-in sleeve and saddle shoulder sweaters (or cardigans). Lots of tips also. The other excellent thing about it is that you can use the wool you want, rather than have to select a particular brand or weight to go with a bought pattern. So this just requires you to knit a swatch to get the gauge, and then you can follow the instructions for that gauge.

I bought this book as I wanted a challenge in knitting. I've just begun seamless yoke sweater for myself.
Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Workshop by Elizabeth Zimmermann
At last I have my own copy and don't have to borrow anymore!

Recently I used a pattern from the internet, which was a load of rubbish; pattern did not even relate to the design, let alone be correct. Had no help from the business (they were interested in selling wool only, I think). In despair I asked for help from my knitting group, and the lady from whom I had borrowed this book told me to use Elizabeth Zimmerman's percentage system to sort out the problem. Up till then I had procrastinated as I thought it was too complicated and too mathematical. Nothing of the sort. I only had to unwind down to the armholes, and it was so much easier. It has boosted my confidence. I am… Read more
Victorinox swivel peeler. by Anything Left-Handed
Victorinox swivel peeler. by Anything Left-Handed
Lost my original Victorinox peeler which I bought in Switzerland several years ago. Gutted when it got lost and thrown out with the rubbish on a camping holiday. But I was delighted to find this on line. This is the best brand of peeler I have had.