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Edinburgh Yarn Festival The UK's Premier Urban Hand-Knitting Show
The intricate colourwork thing I love that stranded colourwork knits up so fast. These have been in my queue almost right from their release date - and I've had the yarn for 2 years (oh dear...)! Does that count as Deep Stashdown? Almost? Burnham Mitts by Leila Raabe for Brooklyntweed, to be knitted in Isager Strik Tweed.
The big sweater thing This is my own design, and I am so looking forward to throwing it on over a shirt and jeans. Not long to go now; most of the work is done. The yarn is Pirkkalanka worsted-weight in Stonewashed, bought at EYF2015 and seriously nice to knit with.
The crochet thing Somehow crochet just doesn't gel for me, but I know it's practice and not ability. So I've vowed to take on a project and make it work. This is Acer Shawl by Joanne Scrace, who designs seriously beautiful crochet patterns. Not sure which yarn to use yet - probably something on the bigger side so I can make progress quickly. John Arbon Viola is top candidate for the position right now. UPDATE: Jo's Acer on Ravelry. I did it!
The endless knitting thing My 'pick it up and put it down again' project will be Non Troppo by the lovely Åsa Tricosa. Hers is made in heavier and lighter lace weight but I just do not have that sort of staying power! So this will be worsted and fingering and we'll see how it goes. Malabrigo Rios (top) and some hand-dyed 4-ply delight from Ripples Crafts (bottom).
The baby thing I would like to say thanks to my brother-in-law and his wife for being about to have a new baby in December. You couldn't have timed it better. (Summer babies are great and all that, but not much use to a knitter.) I've actually already made an Antler cardigan - great minds, Mica - and all it needs is a proper finishing session and a quick blocking. Great pattern.
The gift thing I've flirted with spindle spinning (very relaxing, especially when it 'flows') and have a fibre stash that's embarrassing for someone who hasn't twiddled a spindle in over two years. I've also got a niece and a son who will love Ysolda's Cadeautje slippers - a perfect Christmas gift. They're like putting your feet inside a cloud!