I recently borrowed Arans & Celtics from the library, the latest in the XRX Best of Knitter's magazine series. I noticed a few gems that were missing but maybe they're holding those patterns back for a volume 2.
There was one standout pattern I almost missed because I was so disturbed and distracted by a bobbly sweater ("Bobbled Braids") and quickly turned the page. (Anything with bobble in the name is a good clue there are way too many of the beasties cluttering up the design.) I noticed the small picture of the "Refined Aran" rear view and backed up a page to see the full page photograph. It's a winner all right, and I'm not normally impressed by vests. I love the gauge (7 sts/in) and the cables are both delicate and intricate without being too busy. If I were to knit anything from this book "Refined Aran" would be my first choice. The "Irish Moss" cardigan is also lovely.
Would I buy the book? At $19.95 it isn't a bad price but I have so many projects lined up I can't justify buying it right now. I'm thankful my library has it and for now that's good enough for me.