Well now, look what was waiting for me when I got home from my afternoon class again today!
It's my package from Knit Picks containing the other gifts I got myself for my birthday! I ordered a set of 2.0 mm and 2.50 mm dpns and the book "Knitting Stitches" by Mary Webb. It has over 300 contemporary and traditional stitch patterns, and I've only had time to glance through it so far, but it looks great! I've already marked one of the stitch patterns that I want to try. I think the pattern would look great in a scarf, so that is probably what I'll use the pattern on.
Most of the stitch patterns aren't named, except to indicate if they are easy, medium, or difficult, and the number it is. For example, it might say "medium stitch 27". The book shows pictures of the patterns, gives the instructions written out in some cases, but mostly are charted. It's a way cool little book!
Have you seen the latest MagKnits (the link is in my sidebar)? There is a pair of socks called Falling in Love Socks by Anniken Allis, and I have printed off the pattern and am going to give them a try. These are toe up socks, and I have yet to try this method (this gives me another reason, other than I like the look of the socks, to try the pattern). But first, I need to finish the socks I've been working on in the Oplal yarn, the children's socks (I'm on the second one), and the mittens for my nephew (on the second one). I've said it before, and I'll say it again....so many patterns, so little time!