Pattern: Flora Mitts by Linda Permann (available on Craftsy).
Difficulty: The pattern claims it's intermediate, but I think it's somewhere in between easy and intermediate. It would be a good transition project for someone who's just learned how to crochet and wants to practice more advanced techniques, like joining and ribbing. The main stitches are chaining, single crochet, and double crochet, and instructions for the special puff stitch are included with the pattern.
Notes: Although I made sure to crochet over almost all my ends, it seemed like there was a lot of joining/weaving in to do throughout the project. It wasn't a big deal, and the result is totally worth it, but it seemed like a lot for a tiny project. Also, the instructions for joining the flower motifs were a bit confusing at first, but I got the hang of it pretty quickly. I'm able to pump out a mitt a night (I work full-time and manage two side businesses), so for me, that's pretty phenomenal.
Life Update: The world has been pretty grand to me lately. I've been able to see a lot of my friends, what with parties and camping (it's shockingly fun and I don't hate it), so that's been a good time with lots of laughs. And bacon.
It's currently Musikfest in my neck of the woods, which means lots of bad food that tastes good and decent music. Hubby and I are heading to The Avett Brothers tonight with a couple of our friends; we've seen them before, so we know it'll be a terrific show. Then tomorrow, a group I like (JD McPherson) is playing on South Side, so I'm looking forward to a relaxing Friday evening catching up with some good tunes.
Hope all is well on your end!