i would like to start bead knitting/crocheting. does anyone know where i could find patterns and tutorials on these. also does anyone know where i could purchase the knitting needles?
Lacis and Halcyon Yarn have the lace size knitting needles, you need sizes in the 0000 range (multiple zeroes)
Some free patterns here
If you google knitted bead purse patterns you will find other sites as well.
You can buy the books. I know several hand making material suppliers, 8seasons, and artbeads. :)