Each chapter starts with a list that is then illuminated in that chapter. So in "Bags," not only should you try to knit a bag from plastic bags and a dressy beaded bag, but you should teach someone else to knit, and pick a knitting travel adventure that takes you to a continent or country you've never visited. There are also designers to "meet" and techniques to learn "look for stitch patterns that don't stretch and use them for bags or bag straps" and "explore each of the five main types of beaded knitting techniques."
The general categories are designers to meet (and I'm not sure if you need to shake their hands or just have a passing knowledge of who they are and what their designs are like), different styles of knitting to try, different projects to try (there are 16 different types of hats, for instance), different techniques to learn, different places to go (including museums, shops, cities, farms, and mills), books to read (how-tos, novels that feature textiles, children's books, nonfiction), and things to discover (ranging from websites to color experiments to history).
It's a great book, and I've already discovered some books I want to read. There's a little section on Mill Girls, and like most people of French Canadian descent from New England, my ancestors worked in the mills. I've read Loom and Spindle (quite a while ago now) but I never heard of Lyddie (YA book) or some of the other books she lists. I've even decided to try cables. I know, I know, not that hard. But for me they've always seemed like the pinnacle of my knitting career (and remember, it's just a sideline for me).
The biggest thing this book inspires in me, though, is to come up with the stitcher's life list. I'm not sure I could come up with 1001 things to do, and I am sure we're not popular enough to get a publisher. Still, I love a list.