I am a complete Starmore junkie, but I am appalled at the cost her OOP books are going for. I am writing this review to aid those out there to decide whether they want to ante up their rent money to buy these books or not.
I have this book and I am currently working on the Grant Avenue vest. I have the original Scottish Campion yarn, bought years ago before it became worth more than its weight in gold. A couple of notes--I bought the proper yarn amounts in Campion as stated in the instructions--enough to knit the largest size listed. Owing to having the loosest gauge in the world, I am knitting the SMALLEST size so it won't be a circus tent (remember to KNIT YOUR GAUGE SWATCH!!!) So, in theory, I did all the necessary prep and am knitting to gauge. Despite this, I ran out of one color of yarn (Brass). This distresses me because if I had been knitting a larger size, I could have been totally sunk. I was lucky in that Shetland Spindrift color Old Gold is a dead ringer for a substitute.
In searching for substitute yarns, I came upon several online charts. About 3/4 of the Campion colors have Spindrift equivalents, but some do not. A specific example is Delph, heavily used in this vest. The suggested color is Cobalt, but since cobalt is also used, in this case, the substitute won't work. Another way to make up colors is to watch for them on eBay, which can also cost big bucks. In this specific case, AS has actually posted a kit with pattern for the Grant Avenue vest at [...], so if I didn't already have the materials, I would have bought the kit.
Lastly, This book is patterns only--NO TECHNICAL INFORMATION. So you need to know how to work with steeks, do fairisle stranding and cable work already, have references you can use or an experienced knitting buddy to guide you through.
So, I can say I am glad I have this book. I love it. I will use it and knit from it. If I was starting from scratch--well, I MIGHT buy it. More likely I would use the money at virtualyarns to buy a kit with a pattern. That would be a lot easier that trying to make these designs up with substitute yarns or bankrupting myself trying to find the original yarns. As much as I love this book, there are so many great projects out there from cheaper books. So, if you are a Starmore junkie, go for it. If you are just curious, find something cheaper.