I would happily wear probably 90% of the patterns in the Fall 2012 issue, out today. Most favorite:
Barberry by Kristen Rengren - a hooded, twisted stitch patterned cardigan with both kiddo and adult versions available, and...
Malpeque by Katya Wilsher - another cardi, this one long and open with an allover lace lattice pattern.
Barberry is especially tempting AND I have the yarn on hand. It's half a sweater right now, but this is definitely my backup plan.
Also: check out the fabulous illustrations in the Empress and the Teacup story, by none other than my knitting (and otherwise multitalented) friend, Adri H.