As we speak, I’m about to head off on a trip from the Scottish Isles to the Faroes. Of course, I’m packing plenty of crochet! What could be more apt than our stunning tartan and plaid collection? It’s spot on for getting to grips with new techniques as our designers have come up with three inventive ways to create plaid effects in crochet. And then Halloween isn’t far off either, so you’ll find crafty treats and costume ideas in this issue, too. I’ve got a real soft spot for Ilaria Caliri’s Day of the Dead-inspired doll (p30). Happy hooking!