This past weekend, I made a trip to our local library to try and find some knitting resources. To my surprise, I found a great little "gem" amongst the collection. The Manly Art of Knitting by Dave Foungner is a 64 page books. that gives a brief history of knitting, basic stitch instructions and projects. He has some unique projects, like using a garden hose to create circular needles to knit a horse blanket, or using two shovel handles to knit a hammock out or yellow rope.
You have got to love the cover shot, I guess this is what cowboys do while watching the over the flock.