I wasn’t all too happy with my friend’s iPhone sleeve, remember? Thinking of the “monster inside” still made me laugh though, so last weekend I decided to knit a “summer sleeping bag” for the unknown beast.
It had to be thinner but still protective (= rather knitted than crocheted), dark colored (= stain-resistant), hard-wearing (= no real wool), and – probably most important – less prone to pilling.
Fortunately, I came across Anastasia‘s post on how to do the magic cast on when knitting a sleeve. Then Sonja‘s idea (see comments at original post) of using cotton fired my imagination (even though she warned me of the material’s possible disadvantages …). This is how I started.
Against all odds, the “archetype” turned out nice. Nothing wrong with nice, but I didn’t think nice would satisfy the monster. It had to be more than that. And when I came across Anette‘s owl purse I instantly knew what I wanted!
See all three versions below. To me, the ultimate version is blue – that’s the sleeve I sent to Hamburg last night.
It has been a while since I crocheted an iPhone sleeve for my friend. Rather convenient than design, but with a pretty button, I sent it to her as a surprise. It was so quickly done, I even forgot to take a picture. End of June, my friend came to visit and even though I was pleased to see her using the sleeve – it was in a bad state: all scraggly and ragged. Obviously, my choice of yarn had been wrong (too much wool – not enough acrylic).
Anyhow, I took a picture to have it “on file” with all the other stuff I have made over the years. And afterwards I forgot all about it (again), leaving the picture on the camera.
Tonight I downloaded all pictures and here is what I discovered. It made me laugh out loud. Do you see what I see? No, not the ragged sleeve. The monster inside, carefully watching you with only one eye.
I think it is hilarious. I might even crochet a summer sleeve for my friend, hoping that the monster will like it too.
Sometimes I feel jealous that people are out there coming up with awesome stuff like this!
Neesha posted her pattern for a beautiful, no fuss, unostentatious crochet tablet sleeve. Very easy to follow, uncomplicated to adapt (depending on tablet size), and a success without fail. So I decided to make this my birthday present for M. What can I say – it turned out great! Hard to show on a picture though.
But then I happened to find the knitted sleeve Dona made … To quote her – I almost “died in jealousy and envy” and of course I had to make this one too. Here it is:
It’s a streamlined version without pom-poms but with a tweedy button and it fits as smooth and sleek as the crochet one. M unpacked both of them this morning (it’s his birthday today – ta daa!!) and I could tell he had no clue what it was. Fortunately, J and I could help 🙂 He then seemed to like both of them, took the knitted one to work and I am really, really pleased.
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