The Best of KnitScene is a collection of patterns from KnitScene magazine, as its title makes evident, but it has a lot of other information as well. A friendly introduction to the world of knitting from patterns, this book offers short, clear explanations of a variety of knitting techniques that could otherwise appear intimidating, such as fair-isle, cables, and lace.
It's primarily a collection of sweaters, but there are some socks in there, too, along with hats and other accessories.
The Best of KnitScene would make a nice gift for an adventurous intermediate knitter who has advanced past the obligatory scarf, hat, and fingerless mitts, and is ready for the next step up. Some patterns would be a piece of cake for such a knitter, while others would be an exciting challenge, making this one book a collection to keep said knitter busy for quite some time. Come by the shop to flip through it and see what you think.