As if by magic (magic not at all related to flipping through Interweave Knits' Spring 2011 issue with friends and saying 'ooo, I like the look of this book, or that one') I received two knitting books for my birthday last week.
I mentioned A Knitting Wrapsody a while back so I won't talk more about it here except to say that on further inspection I have switched my allegiance to the project on the cover. I suspect it would be decidedly unflattering on me, but fun to knit, and a very good gift for somebody else at some point.
The second book is by Debbie Bliss, about her design process.
I wouldn't go so far as to call it a design instruction book, though there is a lot of hard material about what sleeve shapes to choose when and why and so on, plus some patterns that illustrate the point. It's mostly just a very interesting read about how she approaches a new idea and how she feels about her work. Love it.
Also love: a bobbly cabled super shapely pullover whose pattern is included. This is not a project I have time for in my current life, but I love looking at it and remembering the earlier life in which I was in shape for this style and also had scads of time to knit whatever I liked.
(We'll just leave aside the fact that I somehow manage to knit even more now than I did then, since it involves ignoring things like cleaning. Which, now that I think of it, was also true at that time.)