6 favorites for 2009:1 - favorite yarn: Zealana "Tui" for it's buttery feel when knitting (http://www.theyarnsisters.com/)
Though I have many favorite yarns for various reasons, Tui made the top of my list based on 3 critical points: the feel when knitting, the rich colors of the yarn and the chunky weight of the yarn.
2 - favorite variegated yarn: Crown Mountain handspun hand dyed sock yarn (http://www.crownmountainfarms.com/)
Since knitting with Crown Mountains handspun yarn, I've gained an appreciation for the handspun yarns. When you feel like treating yourself to something new, try a hank of handspun yarn - it's worth the price. It almost makes me want to learn how to spin!
5- favorite book - The Essentail guide to Color knitting techniques by Margaret Radcliffe. There are few books that convince me to fork out $30. This book did. It's a fabulous book and it should be a staple for all knitters.