The first thing I'm going to be looking for a pattern for is mittens in DK weight yarn. Maybe colourwork, I'm not sure yet, but my husband's grandmother, who is well into her 90s, is a very knitworthy gift recipient and I made her a scarf last year and a hat the year before, so this year will be mittens. She likes blue and I have plenty of blue DK in my stash so that's an easy start.
Next will be a sweater for me. I kind of have an eye on which pattern I'd like to choose, assuming the designer is in again this year. It's a pattern I've knitted before and I'd like another so let's see if she's in the GAL this time around and then I can decide.
I'm also thinking of socks. It's not like I don't have plenty of sock designs of my own, but I like to use the GAL to relax and knit other designers' patterns for a change. I have two skeins of sock yarn bought specifically with my sister in mind, so she may well find some socks under the Christmas tree this year.
Finally, I'm looking for something to use up about 50 yards of chunky weight handspun. I had spun this back in the summer to make a hat with. Hat achieved, and the pattern for Soft Honeycomb is available in my Ravelry pattern store, but I spun too much and I have this left over. I tend not to use chunky yarn so it's unlikely I can use it alongside another yarn, so I'll be looking for a stashbuster pattern for that.
What do you hope to make in this year's GAL? Are there any designers you hope to see there?