Keeping so busy, already!!

  Howdy all! I have been busy this year already, and it's only the 13th of January! My friend that I made the scarf for wants a pair of mittens for her husband, made with the same grey and white yarn. One of the ladies from church has commissioned me to make a hat for a friend of the family, in scarlet. Hubby is desperate for a scarf. My friend from the bank has already commissioned me for her Christmas gifts (can you say Happypotomas?). Phew!
  So first up, I am working on a red hat for a church members friend. She needs a roomy hat, and it has to have a pom on top. I searched all over, and finally just settled on the Catbird hat I made last year for my sister. It turned out so cute! It's roomy, and has a pom on the top. Score!
My little sister is adorable!

Picture doesn't do it justice. Nice cardinal red.
I am using size 10 1/2 bamboo dpns, which aren't my favorites. I prefer the smooth slipperiness of metal dpns, but I do admit that the "stickiness" of the bamboo does keep the yarn from slipping off the end, which helps. The yarn is Bernat's Softee Chunky in Berry Red. It's so bright, it makes me think of male cardinals. It's a nice, smooth bulky yarn, and knits up very quick. Happy day! Just need to get it done in 2 weeks.

 I have to cast on the mittens too, but I haven't gotten that far just yet. I will be sure to post pictures here, and on the Instagram app, as I get them done. The yarn is the Bernat Softee Chunky, in Gray Ragg, and the pattern is the Kalle Pattern click here to see it! . That one is also due in less than 2 weeks. Phew again!

This is all the farther I have gotten on Hubby's scarf. It's some sort of boucle yarn. I was bad and lost the band, so I don't know the brand or the colorway. It will, however, make him a nice, cozy scarf, which I am totally making up. I just cast on enough stitches to be wide enough, and it's going to be garter stitch all the way. If I can ever get to it, lol!

  Shelley made a watermelon! Not a real one, but a really pretty cross-stitch one for a gift for a friend. With her arms and back being naughty, not a ton of things she can get done, at least not like she used to. Good mojo her way is appreciated!

  Last, and certainly not least, is something awesome! I follow independent yarn dyers on Instagram and Twitter, and one of the cooler ones is a company called Tink Yarn. (Go Here NOW!) They had put out a call for bloggers and crafters to sample their yarns. Of course, I had to. I mean, the colors are fun, and as it turns out, sooooo sooooooft. I got my package today. *Squeeeee!*
There is even a measuring tape!

 I love the colors. The purple one has sparkles in it, and it's called Purple People Eater. It's 75% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon and 5% Stellina (I had to Google Stellina, it's the sparkly fiber in the yarn, cool!). The hank is a lovely 438 yards. It is springy, and soft, and I can't wait to find something to make with it!
  The reddish pinkish yarn is called Jubilee, and it's a Merino Superwash Worsted. Again, springy, soft, and comes in a 218 yard hank. I might make a hat from it... ugh, I just don't know what to make with either of them yet! Too many possibilities.... So, the hanks also come with cute little pins that say Tink on them. My bags are going to be decorated! PS, I needed the retractable tape measure. I only have one that I have to manually roll up each time I use it, and this one will travel much better, methinks.

  Well, that is all I have for now. I have had to put several projects that I've been working on for a couple of years on hold, but that's ok. Shelley and I are planning on finding a craft fair to do this summer, maybe. We're also working on some designs of our own, so hopefully we can unveil our ideas soon!
Craft on!
Alyssa, aka 2 Dainty Crafters!


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