For anyone whose New Year's resolution is to knit more The Knitter's Year: 52 Make-in-a-Week Projects - Quick Gifts and Seasonal Knits by Debbie Bliss offers great inspiration by providing patterns for 52 quick (depending on your skill level) knitting projects.
Bliss offers a project per week, grouped by season. The projects she's chosen are a nice mix of home decor and functional items (pillow cases, chair covers and door stops), clothing (baby cardigan, hat and sandals), accessories (scarves, hats, gloves and bags), and whimsical items (bunny egg cozies, tech gadget covers, Christmas tree decorations and pompom garland). Of course, all projects call for Debbie Bliss yarns, but you could easily substitue a yarn of your choice. However, Bliss's yarns are beautiful and luxurious, so it might be worth a little bit of a splurge to use her line. Since the projects are small you wouldn't have to make a huge investment.
I consider myself to be a beginning knitter with potential. If I had more time and patience I could probably tackle more challenging projects. That said, I'll never be as talented as my mother who recently crafted a stunning Icelandic lace shawl. What I like most about The Knitter's Year is that the projects are small in scope. They aren't all suited for beginners, but you could easily pick one of the more advanced projects for a comfortable short-term challenge. You can also opt for the super-easy projects like washcloths or the pompom garland. Take your pick! Either way, you'll find a year's worth of inspiration in Bliss's latest book.