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February 02, 2007


You may have thought I was joking when I posted last week about making a cell phone cozy, but let me assure you that I wasn't. After all, what good is having the latest (okay, I'll admit, for most people a cell phone isn't the latest technology, but keep in mind that I didn't have one at all until a week ago, and I still don't have an i-pod, digital camera, etc.) technology if you can't make fun accessories for it?

I checked out a few different patterns for cell phone cozies and, not terribly enamored of any of them, I decided to just wing it. Using some pretty purple silk yarn left over from some Mother's Day presents I made last year, I cast on twenty stitches and knit a rectangle in 2x2 rib. Then I cast on another forty and joined for working in the round. Mind you, I was using two strands of very fine yarn on size 2 dpns. I continued in the 2x2 rib until the tube was the length of my cell phone, and then closed the bottom with a three-needle bind-off. All I have left to do is sew some snaps on to the flap to keep it closed. But of course I have put off that final step because I have never sewed snaps onto one of my knitted creations and I'm terribly nervous about it. For now, I'm using it without the snaps and just tucking in the flap.

The cell phone cozy is the first thing I have knit for myself in about a year, since the now-infamous Buckeye Hat. Knitting for myself is really difficult for a couple of different reasons. First, it is such an expensive hobby, and the way I justify spending money on yarn is by telling myself that it is a gift for someone else. Second, I'm such a perfectionist that I don't want to keep the first (fill in the blank) I make. I want to make one for you first to work out the kinks, and then make one for myself when I've perfected the technique. I know this is terribly selfish, and that I should be doing it the other way around: practicing on my own (fill in the blank) before I make one to give you, but I'm honestly not that altruistic. In any case, I usually get bored of whatever I'm making or run out of yarn before I get a chance to make one of whatever it is for myself. Even with the cell phone cozy, when I thought of improvements I could make to my improptu pattern, I wanted to give away the one I was making and make a better one for myself. But ultimately I just wanted a cell phone cozy, even it isn't quite perfect.

And, yes, I am taking orders if you want one too!

Posted by eklanche at February 2, 2007 07:30 AM


Em: Have you considered foregoing the snaps and using velcro, instead? Mind you, having no mind for knitting, this suggestion may be ludicrous, and I'm just unaware of that fact. ;)

Posted by: eammoss at February 2, 2007 10:25 AM

I might forego both the snaps (stressful for the fabric) and the velcro (will stick to the wrong parts) in favor of a button and loop or a zipper. I would very much like to see this cozy!

Knitting is indeed expensive. But not more so than most hobbies, once you add it all up.

Posted by: esik at February 2, 2007 10:40 AM

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