I like this book. It is very comprehensive and just about the size of a paperback novel. I figure that it complements my copy of Big Book of Knitting quite well. You could almost, but not quite learn as a beginner from these books. Once you knit and purl a few rows, you would be able to understand the book no problem. (I think it is best to learn from another person if you can. Knitting is such a tactile craft.)
The title of the book is quite ambitious, but the book lives up to the title. The Knitting Answer Book answers just about any question I can think of. There are couple places where the author refers you to a website for more information on a topic, such as mosaic knitting, as they are pretty complex to be described in the book. Her resources section lists lots of knitting books and magazines. It also lists websites of use.
The book was written in 2005 and definitely feels like it was written in 2005, as opposed to 1985. The author even covers knitting slang. Both 'tinking' and 'frogging' are in the index. The writing style is mostly Q&A format with some boxes describing techniques or pitfalls thrown in. There are also lots of tables including a comparison of needle types with their pros and cons, garment sizing guidelines, average garments sizes, chart symbols, and abbreviations. Best of all, in my opinion for a reference book, it has a decent index.
All in all, very happy with this book.
The Knitting Answer Book: Solutions to Every Problem You'll Ever Face, Answers to Every Question You'll Ever Ask. By Margaret Radcliffe. 400 pages, $15.
And in other knitting news, Oliver now has one of his arms. He did have one and a half. However, while I did manage to finish the first after stopping midway on it, I screwed up the second. But, still it's progress, just another arm, two legs and the soles of his feet left and then it's assembly time.