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Tech-knit-ology: Knitting for your Favorite Gadgets


Knitting for your favorite gadgets.

These days, knitters and other crafters strike a funny balance between old and new. We love projects of the past and working with our hands when so much is produced far away in factories. At the same time, we use technology, especially to further our skills and connect with other crafters. Itís not unusual for a knitter for refuse to buy a scarf when she can make it herself, but insist on having her cell phone and laptop nearby at all times. Lucky for us, thereís an easy way to connect these two very different worlds. We can make knitted  handmade cases, holders, and other notions for these gadgets.

There are enough gadgets in our everyday world to keep even the fastest knitter busy for quite a while. You can start with your most commonly used device and move on from there. For most of us, thatís our phone. You may have the most common phone, or one that no one else on the planet seems to have, but donít worry. Not only is there a pattern out there for every kind of phone, itís also a snap to make one of these on your own without a pattern. Usually, theyíre small pockets, with buttons or Velcro to keep it from slipping out.

Then thereís your iPod, another device that some people seem to always have with them. Even though there is a huge variety of cases and holders available for sale, thereís nothing quite like one that you knitted yourself. Whether you have the tiniest shuffle or the larger iPod touch, you can still make a knitted case that captures your personality and keeps your iPod safe and sound.

Laptops are another favorite item for knitters to cover up. If youíve even thought about buying one, you know that laptop cases are usually way overpriced and the selection is never great. Sometimes youíll find the case you love, only to be told that it doesnít come in your laptopís size. Itís a frustrating experience, but it doesnít have to be. You can simply knit your own. There are some important things to consider with a laptop case, mainly that itís thick enough to protect your computer. Most cases call for either a very thick yarn or to insert foam or another protecting material inside the case. You can also felt the case, which means to wash the finished project in a way that blends the stitches together so that it looks like one piece of felt fabric.

Finally, knitting for technology isnít limited to just cases. If you spend a lot of time at a desktop computer, you know how sore your hands can get from typing. You might have seen wrist rests in office supply stores, but you can easily make them yourself. Usually youíll use a foam insert, or something similarly soft and knit a rest to go along the edge of your keyboard. This is also a great way to brighten up a work area. There are even patterns for mouse rests, which sit just below your mouse, right where your wrist meets the desk. The patterns for this project vary, but there is one thatís more popular than others: a mouse rest mouse, of course!

by Sarah Carbone






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