Several of them seem to be rehash books of patterns already flung out in knitting land. Some were European, some were Japanese. Ah, well, I can figure them out. I haven't sat down with the pattern drafting book-that will require a lot of concentration.
I can't read Chinese at all. When I was a little girl, my mom brought an origami book home with paper. Totally in Japanese. I learned a lot following pictures VERY closely. I was probably quiet as a mouse for an entire weekend. I think the drafting book with require the same level of attention.
The stitch dictionaries---OMG. Ok, there aren't really 5101 knitting stitches in there. Maybe 35% are crochet, and another 25% are intarsia and fair isle, and I am pretty sure that some stitches in book A are probably in book B (they are indiscriminate about copying-I found several patterns duplicated in a mega-sweater journal) and there are a lot of things I have seen in the Harmonys and the Barbaras. But feast your eyes on this. It might be in an Oma's, and it might be in a Strick Bauern (sp?) but yee-haw, it jumped right off the page at me. Not a single M-Fin' KEY in either book, so I guess I will be trying to figure these out. There's a lot of pretty, and a lot of pretty different in them.