I'm making a list of all the crafting things I really want, so when I am asked what I want for Xmas or my birthday I can just point to my list.

Knitters, help me out! I love bamboo needles. Which brand do you recommend? What about yarn? What do you use that is good quality and comes in a wide variety of colors and textures? Is there a particular brand that you depend on for tools like cable needles, etc.?

Crotcheters, what do you use? I'm planning on teaching myself how to crochet. What do I need to start out?

Finally, what books do you recommend for patterns? Something that moves from beginner to advanced.

Thank you for your suggestions!