Finished Friday: Handmade Kindle Cover

While on vacation, I practiced the basic granny square pattern in The Granny Square Book. I made a bunch of tiny granny squares using a size E (3.5 mm) crochet hook and scraps of self-striping sock yarn. The little blocks were charming and I decided to make them into a cover for my new Kindle.

Open case from the front
Open case from the front
Open case from the back
Open case from the back

To give the case a little more body, I made a pocket out of black felt and whip-stitched it to the crocheted case. For the tie, I reverted to my roots and knit a long I-cord.

Case tied shut.
Case tied shut.

The self-striping yarn gave me blocks of more than one color, but the patterns were haphazard at best. My favorites are these:

I love how many colors I got in this block.
I love how many colors I got in this block.
The heart in this block is a side-effect of the self-striping yarn.
The heart in this block is a side-effect of the self-striping yarn.

What do you do with the pieces you make while learning a new knitting or crocheting technique? Do you like homemade cases for your techno-toys or do you prefer the ones from the store?

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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

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