I know the Stitchionary was brought up about two weeks ago in reference to "appropriateness for a beginner." I'd like to know how it compares with other books like the Barbara Walker treasuries. (Aside from the oversized binding, stylish cover and full-color photos, that is.) I'm sure the BWTs have way more patterns, but do they differ in style or overlap to a high degree? I suppose this is a matter of personal preference, but are the BWTs a bit "fusty" and old-fashioned more than any others? Would I have to buy both of the first two BWTs to cover the ground of the single Stitchionary? (I'm splitting hairs a bit here, I know.) Finally, how do the Stitchionary and the BWTs compare with Nicky Epstein's Knitting On/Over the Edge, aside from the obvious edge treatment focus? Any other general stitch pattern books that you've run into?