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I made a Seamless Nintendo DS Lite Sock as a belated Mother’s Day gift for my mom.  She started out playing Tetris on the original Nintendo Gameboy my brother and I bought as kids and now owns a few versions of the newer Gameboys.     

I modeled the cozy after Spock’s uniform since my mom is also a Star Trek fan.  The yarn is Red Heart Super Saver in Country Blue and the felt Starfleet insignia was copied from an illustration of the Starfleet insignias from Danhausertrek.com.   The site is dedicated to the the Animated Series, so I’m not sure if it is completely accurate to Star Trek: The Original Series. 

I couldn’t find gold felt at the craft store, but they did have this bright yellow.  I’m not sure how well the craft felt will hold up to heavy use; it felt a little flimsy.  There’s another layer of felt under the insignia to plump it up and hopefully reinforce the applique. 

  

The DS Lite Sock pattern is double knit, which means you cast on a certain number of stitches on straight needles and knit the front and back at the same time.  I was confused with the directions to start since it doesn’t actually spell this fact out to you.  Once I understood the idea of double knitting, the whole project turned out to be very easy.  You only need to know knit, purl and the slip stitch to work this cozy. 

The gauge is pretty tight with worsted weight yarn and small needles.  The pattern estimates needing size 6 needles but I ended up using size 2s.  Possibly I’m a loose knitter?  Also, I had to restart a couple times because the smaller needles were harder for me to use.  With the right gauge, the sock fits really nicely and there are no seams to sew. 

*That’s cool* a random fact

The Vulcan Nerve Pinch was invented by Leonard Nimoy as a way for Spock to overpower opponents without having to resort to violence.

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Ashley got my purse-themed Swap Swap Gals package, so I can share what I made her! 

The biggest item was a book bag size Waves of Color Tote Bag.  I added one-half more chains to the foundation and cut the gusset width by three rows.  And, obviously, there are added rows to the body.  I love this pattern and I would like to make the original size also.

I actually ran out of the cream and you can see the upper portion is whiter with ’emergency’ filler yarn.  For the handle I used an alernating spike stitch, which I hope will help keep the strap from stretching. 

The flower pin is the SkaMama Mum.  The pattern is pretty easy, consisting of chain-loops and sc rounds.  I sewed the flower to a saftey pin so Ashley could remove it if she wanted or use elsewhere. 

The In Bloom pattern from Stitch ‘n Bitch: the Happy Hooker is a perfect beginner purse.  You only need to know chains and half double crochet.  To get the gauge, I had to use a size E hook with worsted weight yarn.  I think I need to invest in some handled hooks for my size C through E crochet hooks.  The slim handle with heavier yarn hurts my hands. 

Anyway, I had the pink and brown yarn left over from my last swap package to Katrina.  In order to get the stripes to mirror each other the dark brown bottom is three rows instead of two. 

 The bow is a random little novelty I had in my craft supplies.  Like the SkaMama Mum, I used a safety pin to attach it to the purse. 

This purse got a zipper and a lining.  I don’t mind linings anymore, but zippers still drive me crazy.  They are not very forgiving! 

I saw this Shell Coin Purse first on This Blonde Knits (& Crochets!).  (Check out Mary’s project page if you’re on Ravelry.)  While the brown yarn doesn’t exactly do the pattern justice, it’s what I had on hand. 

 

I added an embroidered daisy flower on the back corner.  It was a little interesting to trying to find the right distance for each petal on a crocheted background.   

 

Also, I lined the coin purse with some light-weight polka dot fabric.  I ended up really liking this pattern because it’s easy to memorize and the shells make it hard to miss a stitch.  Plus, the coin purse is perfectly funtional without the zipper and lining. 

 

The pattern for the Rectangle Bobble purse can be found in the book One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit or Crochet.  I actually made the purse part a long time ago, but never got around to lining it.  Nothing like a swap deadline to get things done!

 

The lining fabric is a heavy satin with a dusting of glitter.  Hopefully the glitter doesn’t wipe of onto every little thing, but I can’t promise anything. 

 

This little purse is called the Travel Jewelery Pouch.  It’s basically made of two overlapping double crochet octagons and a few chain rounds for the border.

To sew the octagons together I used a size H hook to slip stitch along the chain spaces. 

The seaming creates little pockets.  The whole pattern is built around a clever, but simple, design.  I would make this again, but in the recommended sport-weight.  The Lion Brand Babysoft I had on hand was a bit bulky for the pattern. 

The leaf motif tie ends were made of a round of single crochets, followed by slip stitches, single crochet and a picot.  (I love picots!)

Finally, I sent Ashley some yarn, a knitting book and a size 6 circular knitting needle (not pictured).  The yarn looks a little rough around the edges because I crammed them all into a tiny package, then took the skeins out for the picture. 

I found the book Kids Knitting, at a local donation-run store.  There’s a page that is loose and the sleeve is missing, but the it’s in good condition overall.  The book is geared towards teaching kids to knit, but the ‘learning to knit’ section is pretty thorough.  I figure it will come in handy when her little kids (fingers crossed) want to learn to knit, too. 

I also sent Ashley a set of plastic size 6 circular needles.  My grandma started me on plastic needles because the knitting is easier to keep on the needles.  I personally still like plastic needles for that reason and because they are light.  I suppose that’s why some knitters like wood or bamboo needles, but I’ve never tried them before. 

So that’s everything.  I had so much fun making all these purses, but I think I’ll steer clear of anything that needs a lining for a while!

 

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I got my Swap Swap Gals package from Lesa!  She made these amazing sewn bags with dragonfly and butterfly fabric.  The dragonfly bag is really roomy with an oval shape bottom. 

Book bag-size is actually my favorite size bag for everyday use.  I like the circle handles, too.  They’re big enough I can fit my arm through and carry the bag on my shoulder (a definite plus!)  On a side note, I wonder how she managed to cover the handles with matching fabric without it being loose.

The smaller butterfly bag has this great diamond shape sewn on with gold glitter added as an accent.  The style is great!  This is a really nice evening bag that can double for daytime.  The handles are black on the outside and butterfly-print on the inside. 

Both the butterfly and dragonfly print bags are lined with matching fabric and magnetic closures.  I’m so impressed with all the professional sewing!  Plus, I have not tried magnetic closures yet, so I really appreciate them!

Lesa also included this ruffle top crochet clutch with a gusset bottom.  The jewel-tone yarn feels like suede or chenille to me.  Whatever it is, the yarn is really soft and sturdy.

The clutch has a magnetic closure also.  With Lesa’s magnetic closure tutorial for crochet purses and a real life example, I think I might be brave enough to try it out on my next purse. 

 

Along with the purses, Lesa also sent me this light pink candle.  The scent is really mellow, but sweet.  The candle says strawberries, but I think it smells like strawberries and cream. 

Anyway, it smells wonderful and candles are always useful in this area since we get lots of blackouts with the summer storms.    

Along with the purses and candle, I got a nice card, a set of pens, and matching memo pads.  I love the colored patterns on each of the pens and the flower-shaped memo pads are so cute! 

Finally, Lesa sent me a skein of baby blue, light weight yarn.  I’ve never seen this brand before, but the yarn is really soft and the color is really pretty. 

Thanks again, Lesa for the fantastic purse swap package!  I’m so happy to be your recipient this time around; I hope to get you as my recipient in the future.  Swap Swap Gals is so much fun and I’m so glad that you started the group!

 

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I won yarn from Kayla!  That’s 1200 yards of hand-dyed, 100% fingering weight yarn.  I’ve actually never worked with fingering weight yarn before, so I’m very excited.

Kayla hosted the contest on her blog, The Yarn Bearer.  All she required was a comment with what you would make from this skein.  I chose the Celestine Crochet, which looks like a spiky ball.  If I like the pattern enough I’ll try the knitted version, too.

 

I plan to start crocheting just as soon as I wind this hank into a ball.  I’m a bit scared about tangles from Angela‘s experience, but I think I’ll take her advice and hang the yarn off the end of a chair. 

Thanks again, Kayla, for the beautiful yarn!

 

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