Remember when, at the beginning of the year when I jumped onto the Knit from Your Stash bandwagon, I said that I'd probably wind up spending the yarn budget on books? Um. Yeah. I'll try to keep this short.
"Andean Folk Knits" by Marcia Lewandowski. I got this book at overstock.com (lovely for low-priced knitting books that have been in print a while, check them out), and my first and foremost thought is "I'm damn glad I didn't pay full price for this." There's a lot of nice cultural information, but the projects suck. It's almost entirely screwy looking bags with a few chullo hats and a knitted doll. Don't bother spending the money. If you're desperate for Andean motifs, get it from the library.
"Spin to Knit" by Shannon Okey. It's a little thin on spinning stuff, but I think even non-spinners would like the book for the patterns. It's got all kinds of great stuff to knit with a varied amount of yardage. If you've got one skein of cool yarn (hand spun or not) and want some idea what to do with it, this is your book. And it's never bad to have some idea how yarn is made, whether you intend to spin some or not.
"Historic Costumes and how to make them" by Mary Fernald and E. Shenton, and "Medieval Costume and how to recreate it" by Dorothy Hartley. These are both geard toward sewers, but they give a good idea how to construct the same shapes in knitting. They're reprints of older books and economically priced. Useful if you're gearing up for an epic design project, which I am. If you don't write your own patterns, though, I don't know what you'd do with it.
"Make your own patterns" by Rene Bergh. Another book geared toward sewers, but useful for figuring out construction methods in knitwear. In fact, it's made me appreciate knitting a lot more. We can construct fabrics that sewers have to do all kinds of darts and tucks and everything to get. This is a good book for that, but of course if you're not doing design it's not worth the bother.
"Dyer's Compaion" by Dagmar Klos. This is more like a chemistry book than anything else, but if you dye yarn, ever want to dye yarn, or think you might dye yarn, it's a great book. It's got nice things like lists of chemicals in order of safety. There are some really nice safety charts, and includes how to make a 44 gallon indigo vat in a garbage can. You could dye half of Charleston with that. Hahah. But it's a good book for quick refrence.
The history of costume, from Dorling Kindersley. There are no words to describe the depths of my love for DK. Their books are wonderful. Full of great pictures, captions, and interesting information. This was an afterthought purchase from overstock.com, sort of "Oh heck, it's DK." and of course it's my favorite of everything I ordered. Love. It.
And lastly, for extreme knitters,
The Second Book of Modern Lace Knitting, from Marienne Kinzel. I have the first book, too. See the cover doily? I knit that. It's at least three feet across. At one point I had 1100 stitches on a size two needle. Insanity. Love them. There's some less extreme stuff, like squares and rectangles. If you sort of read between the lines, there's a lot of good stuff on how to adapt round doilies to ovals and that kind of thing. Extreme lace. Woohoo.
Okay. I've actually bought more books than this, but it's getting humiliating. I'm gonna go dye some yarn or something.