I liked the Stitchionary 2 Book much better than the first. It piqued my interest in doing something with cables in the near future. Maybe I'll knit something for Secundogeniture who browsed the book trying to find the most complicated cable for me to knit. Is he daring to challenge his Mommy?
The Shawls book didn't do anything for me. I'll keep it as part of my Vogue Knitting On The Go collection, but that's about all I can say about it. Maybe I'll revisit the book later and be inspired, but at first glance, I can only say that I'm glad it was a freebie with the purchase of the Stitchionary 2.