Mostly these are books for reading, and learning; they are books to use, more than books to knit from. At least that is how I see them so far.
The Knitters Book of Wool was a Valentine's day gift from my sweetie, and I've dipped into it here and there with intentions of sitting down and actually reading it. It does seem to clarify some things for me and I am sure it will be useful. It does have patterns, some of which I will probably knit, but I'm not really interested in the book for the patterns.
I had been waiting for Knitwear Design Workshop and eagerly ripped the package open the day it arrived. I have spent a little time with this book, and have started reading it, and flipping ahead here and there. It looks very useful. It also looks like it will be a great deal of help with pattern rewriting and reconfiguring of the sort I am doing with the ruby bubbles cardigan I am currently knitting. I'd really like to sit down and spend some time with this book, just getting all the information down pat. It has patterns too, but only a few.
As for Ruby Bubbles, I finally finished the long stretch of stockinette between the waist and the underarm and began the underarm shaping tonight. I don't really know if the slowdown was due to the fact that I was distracted with a spring cleaning and resorting of house, closets and internal cobwebs, or if it was just a long stretch of boring stockinette and I grew bored. Probably a little of each.