Via my new favourite website – ravelry.com – (and thanks to Paisley!) I found this pattern for a felted iPod cozy. I’ve been browsing felting books and project ideas for a while now and this seemed reasonably small and manageable for me. On Thursday night when I got home from pottery and should have wisely gone to bed, I taught myself to knit “in the round” with a kids knitting books. After a few false starts and unravelings and pulling needles out of stitches instead of grabbing the empty one – I was on my way!
Then it was time to wash whatever I could wash in hot water. After adding it to two loads of things I would normally use hot water for, my cozy still had some felting to do. That’s when I found this article and went out and bought a plunger specifically for felting. I used boiling water and then added enough hot tap water that I didn’t think I’d seriously injure myself with the splashing. The process was surprisingly fast (relatively speaking, because I think my cozy would have required at least a few more washing machine washes). It took a lot more energy (mine!) to do it this way. My plan now is to accumulate at least a few projects for felting and “plunger bucket” them all at the same time.
I love the felted results! Oh the possibilities!
Now Gabe’s iPod nano has a cozy little home. It’s not exactly the button I would have picked, but I left that up to Gabe and the miscellaneous button jar. It could have been worse.