Debbie Stoller - Stitch 'n Bitch - The Knitters Handbook (2)
I'm not likely to read the whole of it, but I found the basic knitting instructions very satisfying - they got me from zero to 50 (rows) in just a few hours - and I'm very happy with the project I picked and modified from it. A striped scarf (of course), with a subtle pattern created by switching between left and right stitches. I guess that makes me a knitwit now. Yay!