I knit every day. I’ve got popular items I’m making again and again, like my autumn handwarmers. I’ve got projects I have just put finishing touches on, like my Mr. and Mrs. Claus dolls, just posted onto Etsy last weekend. And I have projects I’m still in the process of designing, like a dragon, whose current iteration looks more like a sting-ray… (If I ever solve his design flaws, I’ll definitely post blooper photos.)
But running a knitting shop means I have neither the time nor the finger strength to knit up those gorgeous larger projects that catch my eye when I browse ravelry.com or my favorite knitting magazines. Here are the 5 top patterns I’m most itching to work on, and what I would be knitting, if I didn’t run a knitting shop. 
1. Jiffy Shell, from the 1966 edition of Jack Frost Quick-Knit Magazine 
although, maybe I am mostly drawn to this pattern because of the model’s impeccable hair
2. The Botanica Medallion Cardigan from Vogue Knitting Summer 2009
this is one of the most complicated patterns I have ever seen. normally, I’m not drawn to things because they are complicated, but in this case, I think making this sweater would be such an accomplishment
3. Isobel Skirt from Interweave Knits winter 2010
a knit skirt. flowy and comfortable enough to wear while riding a bike. just perfect.
My next two are (duh) birdy sweaters. I keep flip-flopping between which one I love more
4. Little Birds by Ysolda Teague on Ravelry
I’ve had my eye on this pattern for years now. I can nearly feel the pleasure that knitting and wearing this sweater would give me

5. Owls by Kate Davies on Ravelry
to form such elegant birds with no color changes, only stitches and buttons. Wow.