I do have this goal to have a sweater pattern published (even if it ends up having to be self-published) before the end of 2012. I have, for a while, also had it on my mind to buy myself a mannequin. People who do what I do (work in knitwear design), often use them to photograph garments, and sometimes use them during the design process to check fit or drape as needed.
My royalty payment was enough to buy a basic mannequin and almost enough to pay for the shipping. Meet my new mannequin.
I have decided to name her "Betsy" as in Betsy Ross. I like the sewing connection. And when my work surprises me, I can say, "Heavens to Betsy!"