I don't like mobile phones - in fact we refused to buy one for years now (they are an ecological nightmare as well as unnerving to non-users)! unfortunately people slowly but surely are pushed into buying one as services once thought of as being essential are now vanishing, because nearly everybody owns a mobile phone (it's the same with the internet - much as I love it, I hate it when companies stop producing printed catalogues and put everything online instead. ok, if they collect everything into a downloadable file, that's fine with me - but I just don't like browsing the net for hours! and yes, I know that catalogues need paper...). we have been stuck at the train station in Ballyhaunis several times now, because there is no public phone inside it! unbelievable? yes, but true! if you need to call a taxi to get home - you either have to have a mobile phone or walk down main street several hundred metres - to reach the first public phone! that doesn't sound so bad, but only to someone who hasn't had to carry very heavy bags in pouring rain down that way - only to discover that the phone is damaged and won't be repaired any time soon:(
well, to make it short - we finally caved in and bought one of those gadgets. mind you, it's in a box here and we don't use it. and it won't be unless one of us goes somewhere, by train or bus. I still can't see why people with a perfectly good landline make phone calls at home on their mobiles!! it costs a small fortune - as we discovered now that we have one, too!
but of course as a craftie you cannot run around with a "naked" mobile phone - or even worse, a ready-bought cover. so I decided to go back to my leftovers of naturally dyed lambswool yarns. as I did before I knitted and felted a cover (I did one for the digicam and one for DS's Nintendo).
this one is "with a certain twist" but I won't write about that on the blog:) I find that knitting with two colours and carrying the 2nd yarn on the back makes for a thicker felt - that will cushion the mobile better. I knitted it in the round, apart from the flap. I finished it with an attached I-cord and a loop for a crocheted, then felted ball-closure. the strap isn't very long as it isn't supposed to be used to carry the pouch but to fix it to the handle of a larger bag. gone are the brick-sized mobile phones from a few years ago - the new models are so small that you have to turn your (or at least my x-large:) bag inside out once it vanishes inside!
the pictures show before and after felting - I put it into a normal wash cycle - with washing powder. I had that effect before, red (brazilwood) changes to purple, purple (logwood) changes to grey. I had to choose a colour scheme suitable for sensitive males - if you share the phone you have to be careful:)) pink, red or yellow just won't do....