I've been considering getting one of those knitting handbooks to explain or remind me of things when I forget, like blocking or abbreviations. What do you reccomend? I know a lot of people like Stitch&Bitch, and I've seen a few people talk about Vogue Knitting (which I didn't realise was a book), but I really want some reccomendations before I go out and buy anything.
Also, can anyone explain what is so special about sock yarn? I've never seen anything labelled sock yarn in any of the shops around where I live and I don't really understand how it is different from any other ball of yarn.