Because I found the New Knitting Stitch Library, by Lesley Stanfield - and it cost me only half the price. Brand new.
It was the only copy in the bookstore I wandered into, too. The other two places in the mall had it for full price (with the exchange rate that comes out pretty hefty, especially for hard-covers).
I now have a knitting book! And I -love- it. The directions are clear, well-written, and the directions for reading the charts are -wonderful-.
I can now read a knitting chart.
And I've actually been able to semi-decipher one of the Nordic patterns I want for the To Og With Love Sweater!
Very happy. Now if only the sick would go away, I'd be even happier.