I've finally found time to sit down and post. The days just seem to fly by with what seems like little to nothing being accomplished, although I know that's not true. I'm spending time every day with my mom, as well as doing all the things necessary to get her health and living situation taken care of. I won't start cleaning out her place until she's in the assisted living, by which time I hope conditions in her house have improved. You see, the landlord is taking advantage of her absence to remodel the place. NOT good timing. There is dust everywhere, and all kinds of construction crap. Because they started with the bathrooms, there are also no toilets, which makes being there for any length of time potentially very uncomfortable. The workmen have also been piling stuff (theirs and my mom's) willy-nilly about the place, without regard for the good furniture or upholstery. And to top it off, when I stopped by today, someone had broken the lock on her door. It seems as though they may have snapped the key off in the doorknob, and consequently they (and I) can't lock the door. I immediately reported that to the landlord, and I figure if they don't get it fixed right away, any stolen items are on their insurance. Thank goodness I've taken pretty much all of the really valuable stuff out of there! Anyway, enough whining - on to the good stuff.
First, I was informed that I neglected to post the type of yarn used for the second cell phone cozy. It was made from Lion Wool. I used a lot of that in 2006 to make Christmas stockings, and find it to be a good yarn for projects like that and the cozy. It's a nice 100% wool, although not as soft as you might want for a garment you'd wear next to your skin. But it's also readily available at big box craft stores, and sometimes that's where you find yourself when you need some yarn.
And speaking of the cozies, I had several requests for the pattern. It's basically the same as beginning and ending a sock, but if you aren't familiar with that, here's the recipe.
I used worsted weight wool for both the cozies. Usually, I use size 7 needles with worsted weight, but I wanted these to be a bit denser so they wouldn't sag as much under the weight of the phone, so used size 6 double points. My mom has a small flip-style phone, and after measuring the width/height/thickness, I guessed and cast on 36 stitches. Work K2, P2 for about an inch and then change to stockinette. Knit around until the pouch measures about 5-1/2" from below the rib. Divide stitches evenly on two needles and kitchener closed. To make the i-cord strap, I picked up four stitches from one side of the ribbing and knit for about 20", leaving those stitches live. Do the same on the other side, knitting for about 10". (I did it unevenly so the join wouldn't hit at the back of the neck.) I tried two different techniques to join the i-cord, neither working as invisibly as I would have liked, but it's just a cell phone cozy, and there's really no need to be that picky. The woman who asked for the second cozy had a Palm Treo, which is considerably bigger than my mom's phone, so I used 40 stitches, and made the cozy about 1/2" longer. She said it fits perfectly. I think you could use the same idea to construct a pouch to hang on a walker, except pick up a larger number of stitches along the middle of the back to form a flap that could be draped over the walker's front bar and closed with a button (you'd have to make a buttonhole) or velcro. I hope this all makes sense, and if you make one, I'd love to see a photo.
Now it's time to announce the winners of my Belated Blogiversary Contest. Thanks to all who entered. There was a great response and I found lots of new-to-me blogs. I hope all who came for the first time will return often. Now without further ado, the winners.
Regular reader - Sydney!
Local friend - Diana! (sadly, blogless)
New to me blogger - Olga!
Also new to me blogger - Kenyetta!
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Oooh, Numma Numma yarn! Saucy in "Fresh Ginger," and Toasty in "Boysenberry Preserves," "Elvis," and "Rhubarb." All purchased at the greatest yarn shop ever - Knitch. Or you can also get some for your very own at The Loopy Ewe or Numma Numma's Etsy shop. There is enough yarn in each skein for a pair of socks or a lace stole. I do not exaggerate when I say this is my favorite sock yarn ever!
And although it's a bit early, I'd like to remind you to keep an eye out in September for my annual Show Me Your Socks contest. I have a fun idea for this year, and am looking forward to lots of entries. Who knows, there might be more Numma Numma to give away!