I started with the LTK pattern. I looked at tons of books and the best one I found is Knitting Basics by Betty Barnden. It has drawings AND pictures (both have advantages/disadvantages so you get the best of both worlds) and it shows you basically everything you need to know. My first project was the LTK soaker and now I've made 3 (the third one finally fits like I want it to). It would have been nice to have someone next to me to show me things in person, but I didn't have that option either. Happy knitting!
Tana, wife to Steve (5/02), mom to Ben (7/03), Joey (10/06) and Caroline (9/09)