Basket-weave Laptop Sleeve

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It's funny how sometimes when you're working on a project, you have a clear and precise picture in your head of how the project is going to look when it is finished. There is no doubt in your mind that it is going to end up just as you imagined it would. This was not one of those times. This was going to be a pillow.

This laptop sleeve started out as a pillow. I knew exactly what it was going to look like when it was done and I was SO excited! And then, all of a sudden, it became something totally different. I had been thinking about starting on a laptop sleeve for a few weeks. I didn't really need one, but the one I had was black.... and that's just not me. I had been throwing ideas back and forth for about two weeks and still had no idea what I wanted to do. Then, when I finished the first side of my pillow project, it hit me. This was it! This was the laptop sleeve I wanted! So now I've got a finished laptop sleeve and have to start all over on my pillow project. Such is life I guess! :)

The free pattern for this laptop case is below. I hope you like it!

Skill Level: Easy

- main color: one skein of worsted weight yarn (I used Cascade Yarns in 100% wool, but any worsted weight yarn will work)
- accent color: one skein of worsted weight yarn
- size nine knitting needles (I prefer circular needles, but either is fine)
- size H crochet hook
- yarn needle
- three buttons

- All right side rows (even numbered rows) are knit.
- This sleeve is worked in one long piece and then stitched together on the sides.

- The number of cast on stitches will depend upon what type of computer you have. If you have a MacBook Pro like me, you will need to cast on 56 stitches. For any other computer, just cast on the number of stitches needed to measure the length of your laptop. Just make sure that your cast on stitches are in intervals of 8.
- Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9: knit 8, purl 8 across
- Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10: knit
- Rows 11, 13, 15, 17, 19: purl 8, knit 8 across
- Rows 12, 14, 16, 18, 20: knit
- Repeat rows 1 - 10
- Repeat rows 11- 20
- Continue this pattern until you have five stripes. (Each block of ten rows is considered a "stripe.")Then, switch to accent color.
- Work two stripes in accent color. Then, switch back to main color.
- Work another five stripes in main color. Bind off.

- Fold piece in half with right sides together. Stitch the two sides together.
- Decide where your three buttons should be placed, and sew them on. I used the accent color to do this, so that there was an extra pop of color. :)
- With crochet hook, evenly work a single crochet border all the way around the top of the laptop sleeve. To make button loops, simply chain 10 when opposite from a button before continuing on with single crochet.
- That's it! Enjoy!

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Wishlist || Feeling Foxy!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I love foxes! And I love how popular they have become lately! I feel like I've seen them everywhere. Here are just a few of the foxy things I've found around the interwebs lately. :)

I've had this fox shirt from GnomEnterprises for a while now. I think I get more compliments on this shirt than any other shirt I own! 

This fox illustration from RiverLuna is gorgeous! I don't know where I'd put it, but I think I need to buy this ASAP!

Who doesn't want to eat a furry fox cake? Isn't it precious?? And the best part is that there is a free tutorial at Handmade Charlotte! Tyler and I are dieting for the wedding, but I think we are going to need to have a cheat day pretty soon so I can make this cake!

There is nothing I enjoy more than coming home after school, turning on Doctor Who, and doing a little stitching to relax. I'm thinking this little guy may have to be my next project! It would look so cute right above my craft table! 

I drink a cup of hot tea just about every day. It's a really great way to get my day started. This mug from legrislapin would make my daily cuppa even better! :)


Thursday, August 14, 2014

There has been a lot going on lately. Seriously. A LOT. I got engaged in April, so I've been working on my masters degree, doing loads and loads of practicum hours, planning a wedding and all kinds of other crazy stuff. I've been incredibly busy these past few months. I can't believe how long it's been since I posted! It's kind of embarrassing.

As far as crafts go, there's been a lot of embroidery going on here. I've really been focusing on decorations for the wedding. My ultimate goal is to have one handmade piece on each table at the wedding. We're probably going to have around 11 - 12 dinner tables and a couple more tables for guest book, food, etc. So I've got quite a bit of work to do before next May! Here's what I've got so far:

I've also started working on things to decorate our new house for Christmas. I've got to start writing my thesis next month, so I figured a head start couldn't hurt! :)

Lastly, since Tyler and I are such huge nerds, I've been thinking about some fun nerdy ornaments we could make for our Christmas tree. Tyler has a thing for Legos, so we are going to make Lego Tardis and Death Star Ornaments (the instructions for these can be found here.) I am also working on Dcotor Who and Stargate embroidered ornaments.

So that's it. That's what I've been up to these past five months!

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