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Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook by Debbie Stoller; I ordered this a few days ago to learn the basics of knitting for the charity knitting club I joined. I don't have it yet, but from what I hear it's both strikingly funny and useful for beginners. I can't wait!
i knit this sweater in grey and fuchsia from the first Stitch and Bitch, it is awesome