I like books. I'm enjoying my forays into knitting. I forsee this list growing.
Books in order of purchase:
Stitch n' Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook by Debbie Stoller. I learned how to knit (cast on, knit, bind off) from the local yarn shop. I mostly bought this book as a means to start learning how to read patterns. My first real project was the cat bed, where I learned how to follow (and modify) a pattern. I learned to be suspicious of patterns with the Windy City scarf, where the proportions didn't work out at all for me. I don't actually use the stitch references much, I find it is easier and better to google until I find an explanation that clicks for me.
Knitting for Anarchists by Anna Zilboorg. I halfway learned how to purl at the local yarn shop for the Windy City scarf, but when I got home all I got was a tangled mess. When I pulled out the SnB, I obviously did not do what they intended, because I ended up wrapping the yarn around clockwise (which results in twisting the stitch on the needle, so I knitted eastern crossed for that project). On my next project, the fingerless mittens, I learned how to knit combination-style k2 p2 rib and stockinette. Fortunately I started reading Zilboorg before trying to figure out seed stitch; the stitch pictures and descriptions are what has finally made the process of knitting click for me. Plus, it is a good reference for a novice trying to adapt patterns and develop new patterns. (It is no substitute for consultation with an experienced knitter, of course). The only disappointment was not much discussion about how to fix dropped stitches, especially laddered ones. It is one thing to causually toss off that people are too afraid of dropping stitches -- but to my mind, without knowing the remedy, it is something I am overcautious of, and I think reasonably so.
The two new additions: Elsebeth Lavold's Book one: The Viking Knits Collection and Book three: The Embraceable You Collection. I became interested in the silky wool when browsing through many yarn choices for the next DNA scarf. I really like the cabled and armored-inspired designs. I'm not sure that I want to commit to an entire sweater, especially in the near future, but there are also some great armbands and hats. And I wanted a backup plan in case the DNA scarf did not work out in the silky wool.