So many projects, so little time!

  And so, having fully recovered from a lovely vacation in Texas, I am back to write another little thing for you. Also, I found this today at the local Hyvee:
Delicious 90's flavor!
 For the record, it tastes better than I recall.

  And now on to crafty things! I have been burnt out on a pair of socks, so I am taking a tiny break from them, and the pussy hats, to work on a couple of things for me. I have been crocheting a mandala jacket from a pattern I found on Pinterest. Nadia Fuad of created this, and it is so fun, and easy! It uses worsted weight, and I just happen to have a LOT of white worsted weight lying around.

The one on the left is Nadia's, and she made it with Red Heart Super Save Ombre. Mine, unfinished on the the right, is being made with a leftover bit of rainbow color from Red Heart, and a boat load of Caron Dazzle Aire, in white. It has a bit of a shimmer to it. It's also soft, which helps. I apologize for the picture; had to take a fast one while I had a bit of help from hubby to hold it open.
  Nadia created a really easy to follow YouTube video for the pattern, and I was glad for that, since sometimes the written pattern didn't seem to make sense to me. Seeing it done helped a bunch. She has other YouTube patterns and neat things on her blog, go check her out!
   I also am part of a group on Ravelry called Not Just For Grandmas, and this lovely lady, Toni, who also goes by @knitting_is_metal, created a KAL, or Knit A Long for us. We are using the Changing Staircases pattern by Trysten Molina, who was gracious enough to get our little group a deal. So far, it is going quickly. I am using a fingering weight merino yarn that I picked up at Skeins when it was closing, but I lost the ball band, so I can't recall any of the details. I love it. Here is what I have so far:
I am not super far on it, but it is a really easy pattern to memorize and work from on the bus or at work during downtime. You can get the pattern here: changing-staircases
  Now, Shelley may be in Kansas for a hot minute, but she is still crafting her little heart out. Lots of sewing projects swirling around there, and I may even be able to get her to send some pictures. She has also been working on our Pinterest page (go here to see our boards!), and has created a couple of new boards featuring WIPs, or Works In Progress. She tells me that she has stuff in them, and encourages you to see what she did!
  Now it is time I pay a bit of attention to the husband. He has been chomping at the bit to get some gaming done, and I am ready. Craft on!
~Alyssa, aka 2 Dainty Crafters


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