For the 2010 Festivus I drew yarnpiggy and after much hither and thither, and a few false starts, I ended up making her a Bitterroot shawl out of Kauni Effektgarn, complete with beads. I'd never added beads to a shawl before (or anything else for that matter), so it was a good excuse to try it out.
Lace is always amazing. A crumpled bit of what looks like string
turns, via the magic of blocking
Yarn: approx 100 g Kauni Wool 8/2 Effektgarn in the ET colourway
Needles: I forget, but probably 4mm.
Pattern: Bitterroot by Rosemary (Romi) Hill
Comments: A quick knit on the way to and from a conference, with lots of knitting time there as well as on the flights. The yarn doesn't slip or ravel easily, so it was easy to fix mistakes in. The long colour lengths look really good, too.
Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/laurendw/bitterroot