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This post falls into the category of Things To Do To Procrastinate On Writing The Fake Plastic Fish Book. It also falls into the category of Too Much Time On My Hands. And also Why Sleep?
1) Clean out drawers (because book writing cannot possibly be done when drawers are messy) and find an old iPod Nano that I never use anymore because the cheap plastic cover came apart and I never replaced it.
2) Think about all the AudioBooks I could listen to with this iPod and wonder if anyone is making a plastic-free iPod cover.
3) Browse Etsy.com and Google for several hours searching for the right iPod cover. Find plenty of options online but none that meet all my criteria. Cover has to be plastic-free. Has to provide access to click wheel and screen without removing iPod from cover. Has to have openings for head phones and USB connection, also without removing from cover. Has to close to protect the iPod. And must have a pocket to hold ear buds. I can spend hours thinking of things I wish existed. And more hours trying to find them. (Anyone know of a completely plastic-free travel mug that also allows one to sip while walking and fits in a cupholder?)
4) Browse blogs. Enter RobJ’s contest and win a plastic-free handmade string caddy.
A few days later…
5) Receive said string caddy. Sit and ponder how to use it.
6) Remember I still haven’t found a perfect iPod cover and wonder if I could make one myself.
7) Think about writing my book. Then think about the iPod cover. Then think about writing. Then iPod cover.
8) Grab a piece of paper and start writing. Well, actually drawing… an iPod cover design.
9) Look at watch. 11pm. Good time to start knitting an iPod cover instead of writing a book.
10) Put yarn in Rob’s string caddy to keep kitty from getting to it.
11) Take lots of cute kitty with yarn photos. Even some videos. Play with kitty for a while.
12) Knit the iPod cover. (Instructions are below.) Feel proud of myself for accomplishing something creative. Wake up Michael to show it to him.
13) Wonder if anyone would pay me to design/make iPod or cell phone covers for them. Plan my business. Wonder how much to charge. And then… remember I have a book to write!
Okay, lest you think my procrastination techniques are always this productive, I’ll also admit that one of my primary methods of avoiding writing these days is to watch old episodes of The X Files on DVD. Just saying.
Anyone have advice for how to master procrastination?
iPod cover instructions
Note: These instructions are rough estimates and based on what I did. Your mileage may vary depending on how tightly you knit and what kind of yarn you choose. I used a #4 needle and worsted weight yarn. Also, this case is made for a 2nd Generation iPod Nano. Unless you have that exact same device, you will need to adjust all of the measurements to fit your unit.
1) Cast on 12 stitches or the width of your device plus a couple more. You’ll have to fiddle with it to figure out how many stitches to cast on. I started with too many, ripped out my work, cast on too few, ripped it out again, and settled on 12 finally. You want it just slightly wider than your device. And honestly? It had been so long since I knitted anything that I almost forgot how to cast on.
2) Knit in stockinette stitch until your piece is a couple of rows longer than 2x the height of your device. (My iPod is 3-1/2 inches tall.) Or garter stitch. Or whatever stitch you want.
3) Whatever stitch you started out with, switch to garter stitch at this point for the flap because you want it to lie flat. Knit until the flap is about 1/2″ – 3/4″ shorter than your device. Start to decrease your rows and also add a button hole. Here’s what I did:
Row 1: Decrease one stitch at beginning of row, Bind off 2 stitches in middle of row (for buttonhole), and Knit 2 together at the end of the row. If you started with 12 stitches like me, you’ll end up with 8.
Row 2: Knit to middle and increase 2 stitches by knitting into the front and back of stitches 4 and 5. You’ll have 10 Stitches.
Row 3: Decrease one stitch at beginning of row and knit 2 together at end of row. You’ll have 8 stitches.
Row 4: Knit to end.
3) Fold the bottom of the stockinette section up to the beginning of the garter stitch flap and sew up the sides. I put the knit side on the inside and the purl side on the outside. But that’s just me. Now you have a pocket for ear buds.
4) Cast on 12 stitches (Or the same number as you cast on before) and knit for approximately 1 inch. Bind off. This piece is the bottom pocket. Join it to the bottom of the cover, sewing up the sides and sewing only one small section at the bottom between where your USB cable and ear phone jack are located. Don’t sew all the way across the bottom unless you don’t mind removing the iPod from the case to charge it or listen to it. And then, what’s the point?
5) Cast on 12 stitches (Or the same number as you cast on before). Knit for approximately 1/2 inch. Bind off. This piece fits between the screen and the click wheel. Join it to the sides of the cover.
6) Find a cool, plastic-free button and attach it to the bottom pocket.
If these instructions were not too funky, you should have something similar to the photos above. If not, I am very sorry. You probably know more about knitting than I do anyway, so why are you listening to me?