Do you get advice/help mostly from books, online sites, local yarn store or friends?
All of the above.
It depends on the information or advice I need. I use a lot of books for ideas. This includes foreign language books as they often use different techniques and I have a large collection of vintage books that I use for reference. I use wool shops for advice about wools and yarns - they're quite a fount of knowledge. Of course, it goes without saying, I've learnt more from this site and you guys than any other I've come across!
I get most of my tips on the internet. Between everyone on the web there are surely all the reference books. Besides MenWhoKnit I also use www.knittinghelp.com. They have videos showing techniques and a very active forum. When in doubt I always turn there.
I would also reccomend the reference book "The Knitters Handy Book of Patterns" by Ann Budd. Great reference book for basic patterns in all sizes and gauges. A great platform for making your own original creations!!
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Being relatively new to knitting, I use the knittinghelp.com site (all directions in video format and free.) I have been able to find explanations for pattern abbreviations techniques there.
I'd have to say that I probably have gone to books more historically, but I've also gotten a lot from the glbt-knit listserv, as well, and will search for info on techniques online quite often, too. Having a partner who's a designer doesn't hurt, either, and I'll often bounce ideas off David to get his input (whether I end up following his advice or not). I also don't mind a bit of trial and error in the process, as I tend to be an experiential learner.
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Being an avid reader, I prefer to use books for concepts and general theory of knitting. But, my knitting group is great for learning a technique. We usually have a ball of odd yarn and some medium needles handy to demonstrate techniques during an evening session. Sometimes the debates get heated when two people disagree over the "best technique" for a particular situation. I have learned more by sitting down with a few people than I could have believed.
My local yarn shop when I started years ago was a big help. I use the Ann Budd books as reference and like them a great deal. And I have used other books for reference and inspiration - such as the Barbara Walker ones. But probably other knitters have been the most useful - sharing tips with each other - encouraging new things to improve technique. I will experiment and rip out . So I guess I have to say probably yes to all of it. MWK is a terrific site for information and wealth of sharing ideas.