I’ve finished my first inventory task! I picked the easiest task first with the knitting books and magazines. I’ve got them all in my Ravelry library. When I started I thought I might have about 5 books and maybe half the magazines to add. It turned out I needed to add about half the books and almost all the magazines. That was 32 books, magazines, and patterns!
I’m glad I did this. I love being able to search for patterns straight from the Ravelry library instead of going book by book. While I like getting pattern books for gifts I very rarely buy them myself. I find inspiration from them but my favorite are the technique books. After that the stitch dictionaries are very useful especially if I’m looking to modify a pattern. Once I start writing more patterns I bet use those stitch dictionaries a lot more!
Until then the book I use the most is Cast On, Bind Off. It’s a great reference book with simple clear instructions and pictures. The cast on and bind offs are organized by type and features which really helps when I want to substitute for a different cast on or bind off. Each set lets you know what type of projects they work well with and a picture of what the edging looks like with that cast on or bind off. I really do use this book all the time.
I’m really excited for a new book out today, Increase, Decrease. I hope it turns out as useful as Cast On, Bind Off!