If time, money and skill were no object, I would probably knit absolutely everything from White Lies Designs and probably a few of Alice Starmore's designs with the suggested yarn. I've knit Starmores before, so I know that they're not impossible, but I have always had to substitute the yarns. In particular, I love most of the sweaters in Tudor Roses... Sorry, I really couldn't pick just one.
As far as blog reading goes, I will admit to having many, many blogs in my bloglines, but one of my favourites these days is probably familiar to many of you - Shut Up I'm Counting. Cass posts at least once most days and gives us a real slice of her life complete with pitfalls and pratfalls.