Long Time, No Post

  Hello from the 2 Dainty Crafters! My, it has been a looooong time since I did a post... like, 6 weeks. Eep! Sorry about that! Life kind of got in the way of any real blog writing for awhile. Shelley moved back down to Kansas, and I have been either sick, visiting family, or trying to keep my sanity after finishing a couple of commissions. And then the hurricanes hit; no, not us, but people that we know were affected directly by the floods and storms, and so I have been following up on their lives, and not paying much attention to our little blog. I am back now, and I think I might even sort of have myself in order, so perhaps there will be a bit more posting from me here. I have handed the social media baton to Shelley, though. She is so much better at it than I, for sure!
  Speaking of Shelley, here is a little something from her:

" I was really hesitant to even try Bullet Journaling.  I really am a random list maker, piles of notes everywhere kinda gal.  It got a bit out of hand this year and I kept loosing them. I love stationery!!  I have random notebooks all over the place.  My goal is to streamline it down to 2 notebooks & a spot to put all my loose post it notes.
 This is not an easy transition.  I really hate filling out forms, it is to much like busy work.  Unfortunately that is what some of those Bujo's I have come across seem like. Why over complicate things?? I am not focused on the art or the lettering right now, I am focused on layout and function!
I am struggling with Monthly set-up.  I know, how weird! So I will change it up monthly as I go. 
 I also bought the Leuchtturm 1917.  I love the dotted pages and the fact they are numbered.  I don't like how thin the paper is!!!!!  Stuff shows through and it is quite annoying. I will keep posting my BUJO pages as I go. "

 So, that is one of the many things she has been up to. Shelley has also been making hats and scarves to sell, and the proceeds will go towards helping the victims of the hurricanes. When she has more info on that, I will definitely be posting about it here, as well as on our Facebook page.
  So what have I been up to? Well, as many of you know, we homeschool our 2 boys, and so I have been trying to get my act together to start our school year. Now, over the years, I have used premade teacher planners, as well as trying to create a planner for a yearly overview. Yeah. Each one only led us to failure to keep up. Sure, we would keep up until about Christmas, and then it would just all fall apart. So, in keeping with the whole bullet journal theme that Shelley and I keep returning to, I have started a very, very simple bullet journal style keeper for this school year. I haven't laid out any yearly goals, and I haven't made any year long plans. I plan to just do it one week at a time this year. Might sound a little chaotic, but it can't be any worse than last year, when I made a lovely year long plan, and we just let it die. Here is what it looks like:
binder I tried using last year
Index page, with symbols
Reading list, with dots for current reads
Daily log

   So, this is how I intend to keep us on track this year for school. Simple, clean, easy for everyone to read, and only a week by week basis. I may add things over the year as needed, but really, the ready made planners just don't work for me anymore. Curse my creative genes!! Actually, no, they rock, so no cursing of them. Ha!!
  Now, I have been working on projects. Currently, I am working on a snug fitting cowl for winter. I wanted something that I could wear easily under my coat, and would actually go up to my jaw. I remembered I had an Interweave Knits Accessories magazine from 2011 around, and there was a cowl I had attempted once that would work. I have a few more miles on my needles now, so I decided to give it another go. So far, I only had to rip back to the 4th row after almost finishing it once. That was a little frustrating, but my new haircut and me need this to work, so I am now half way through it again.
gonna be so pretty!!
Yes, I shaved most of my head. I love it!

I admit to being a bit of a novice when it comes to Fair Isle and Instarsia styles of knitting. Using two or more yarns at once is intimidating, and I used to hate the way the floats in Fair Isle would catch on stuff. Well, done right, Fair Isle isn't that bad, and I did watch a YouTube video for beginners that helped me understand the basics. I am still not great at the yarn twists, but it is coming along quite nicely, and will definitely keep my throat warm. And I really do love my hair, and in a couple of weeks or so I am hoping to get a design shaved into the sides as well. I am probably going to need to make a hat to go along with this cowl, but I only have enough of these colors for the cowl. Oh well, I never really liked matchy matchy stuff anyway, haha!
  I also finished a giant crochet project for myself, and now want to make more of them. It's called the Spring Mandala Vest, by Yarnutopia, and I love it! Here is a couple of pics:

 I really want to make a couple more, in different colors. It is fun to wear, and really makes some outfits just work. I wear a lot of black and white colors to work, and it is nice to be able to jazz up something. I also like it with jeans and a t-shirt.

 Well, that is all I have for now. Time to finish up the worksheets for tomorrow, since I work and Kev is in charge of schooling for the day. Keep crafty!

Alyssa, aka 2 Dainty Crafters


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