Elizabeth Zimmerman 1910-1999
"Really, all you need to become a good knitter are wool, needles, hands, and a slightly-below intelligence. Of course, superior intelligence, such as yours and mine, is an advantage."
-Elizabeth Zimmerman, Knitter's Almanac, 1974, 1981, Schoolhouse Press.
Knitting Without Tears is a good introduction to Elizabeth Zimmerman's knitting techniques and philosophy. The title says it all.