I've got a book I shall probably sell on - "Double stitch" - which is a book full of very contemporary crochet designs. It's not really my thing, being more suited to fashionistas and teenagers (and I, alas, am neither!) BUT there's a very simple pattern for a "salsa belt" that I really liked the look of. It's basically a long strip of plain crochet with a fringe on one side, so can be worn as a belt (kind of "grass skirt" like) or as a scarf. Perfect use for the sari silk, which is rather rough and very uneven. I realized that I didn't really do any new crochet last year at all; in fact, the only thing I did was rework the Cameo top because I'd made it too snug around my waist (and make the aforementioned, doomed bag, of course).
So, have started the belt today. Really struggling with a 6mm hook though - this stuff is THICK!
Estonian spiral sock has been frogged, and put into timeout to think about what it did. Am determined to finish the pompom socks first.