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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 met with my brother for some shopping and we got to try bubble tea.  Apparently Bubble Tea Cafe is a new store in the mall set up after the cookie place went out of business.  There were lots of different flavors to choose from, including honeydew, taro and blueberry, but we settled on grape and mango-peach flavor, respectively. 

We both thought it was delicious and I personally liked the tapioca peals: they taste sweet and chewy and you suck them up through a huge half-inch wide straw.  These drinks are expensive at $4.25 (only one size available), but it’s a nice treat and those tapioca pearls are really filling!

I crocheted the Beer Bracelets while waiting/riding the San Juan ferry in the morning, about a two hour stretch.   They’re a little too small for the bubble tea containers, but I imagine they would fit just fine on a beer bottle or paper coffee cup. 

I was thinking I’d get an action photograph somewhere along in the day with some coffee cups, but the bubble tea models were an unexpected surprise.  Add the flower pot from the entrance of the mall and some odd stares from fellow shoppers and poof, crochet FO pictures! 

I went a little crazy sewing on the buttons.  I’m pretty sure you’re supposed to sew just two parallel lines.  It just speaks to my sewing skills I guess.  Speaking of yarn, I used TLC Essentials in Jungle and a random ball of yarn rescued from the local thrift store.  If anyone could identify this purple and pink variegated yarn I would be very happy!

The Beer Bracelets use the linked treble stitch, which creates tall, connected stitches.  If you’ve seen my adjacent double crochet stitch tutorial, you know I’m a fan of patching up unwanted crochet holes.  The picture above shoes the horizontal bars which you loop around, like in tunisian crochet.   Every linked TR row is followed by a row of single crochet and the whole cozy is bordered in slip stitches. 

Here you can see the wrong size of the cozy with the linked TR stitches separated by single crochet stitches. 

And for good measure, this is what the car deck of the ferry looked like just before docking back on Orcas Island.  You can see a slide show of all the ferry pictures I took that day on Slide.com.

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Ever try the Jacob’s ladder stitch?  I just learned how with the St Maurus Headwarmer by Christina.  Basically you make a bunch of chains across the piece as you crochet in rows.  Then you come back and pull through the loops consecutively.  Christina has a great tutorial along with the free pattern on her site. 

I remember seeing a rainbow blanket in Candi Jensen’s Candy Blankies: Cuddly Crochet for Babies & Toddlers that used the Jacob’s ladder stitch.  I think it was called Rainbow Bright.  There were multiple colors and coupled with the stitch it was really pretty.  I took that idea and tried different colors on my second attempt.  I’m not sure I like the color combo but it was interesting to see how the “V” of the ladder stitch looked next to another color. 

The Jacob’s ladder stitch is slanted on this multi-colored one.  This is probably because I didn’t turn the rows and just added the new color at the beginning of the row.  Also, I pulled the loops from the top to bottom instead of bottom to top.  See the upside-down single crochet stitches? 

I haven’t sewed the buttons on yet; I have a phobia of non-crochet assembly.  I swear I will dig out a needle and thread soon and plaster a button on these headwarmers!  In the meantime I have to say that even buttonless these headwarmers are great.  I tried the pink one outside last night when the wind was really strong.  I’m happy to report that my head was far from cold and my ears felt nice and cozy. 

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Watch out in the coming weeks for a camouflage Daisy Flower Charity Square blanket, a red stripe starghan of my own design and a few free patterns for good measure.

Catch me at Crochetville or Craftster where I go by the alias laurah4200. If you’re on Ravelry search for me under the username thekidneybean.

 

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