I need a diversion…

My sister thinks I spend too much time fussing over my goats & sheep…when I should be focused on ‘family’. When kidding and lambing comes around, I stay home. Period.

Today, I’m in need of a diversion…a simple mindless knitting project to my mind occupied. I think I need some type of protective ‘case’ for my new cell phone. My friend Deb made her first felting project and inspired me…way to go Deb!

 I’m thinking I would probably use this case when I tossed my phone into my purse. I’m otherwise not ‘attached’ to my phone. It’s usually laying on the kitchen counter. I think this case would also ‘fit’ my Canon digital camera.

After felting in the washing machine, finished dimension is about 4-1/2 inches X 3-inches.

But, let’s start at the beginning. Before felting, the case measures about 6-1/2 X 5-inches.

I used 100% 2-ply worsted merino wool, US 10, 16-inch circular needles. I used several needle sizes larger than the yarn label suggested since I was going to felt my little case. You could also use straight needles, but I didn’t want to have to stitch-up the sides…basically lazy. I stitched the bottom of the case loosely, before felting.

I casted on 24 stitches and knitted about 26 rounds (ending with purl one round, knit one round, purl one round and bind off knit-wise) until the piece measured about 6-1/2 inches. You could adapt the size based on your need. I also made a simple crocheted ‘closure’ using a chain stitch, again to desired length…and stitched  a loop, then buried the yarn tail. Also, you could knit a flap and velcro closure.

Remember, different yarn and washing machines felt differently. I felted my case in two, 5-minute intervals, checking it each time. BTW, I place all my felted items into a zippered pillowcase. Set the washing machine to minimum capacity/size load, HOT water, HVY DUTY wash cycle and toss in an old pair of hubby’s work pants to help with the agitation. Oh, and just a little squirt of DAWN dish soap.

I felt ’til no stitch definition is visible, rinse, pat dry (for such a wee little project) and ‘block’ into shape…drying over the floor heat register/vent. Oh ya, add a button and a needle felted sheep, of course.

P.S. You could add a ‘handle’ for a cute little sling bag, just big enough for a couple bucks and lip stick?

Now, back to work…

♥blessings!

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