Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Knitted MacBook Case

I commissioned this from my loving wife as a Christmas present. Yes, I can knit, but why should I bother when I can outsource it to a much better knitter. It's seed stitch which means that it's thick and doesn't stretch like a straight knit or rib stitching. We [by "we" I mean she] used 5 yarns on size 15 needles which ensured the proper protectiveness. It's really a beautiful thing. The photography doesn't do it justice. Using a flash and placing it on a highly reflective floor probably didn't help.

If you want to commission your own, we'll gladly do it, but it'd be expensive. For our (it's so hard not to pluralize it) fee you're looking at 3 hours @ 20 bucks an hour. Factor in the yarn and that's about another 40. So all in you'd be looking about 100 bucks for a stupid MacBook cover. Of course, you could supply us with the yarn and save a few bucks.

It's hard to describe the opening, but it's done in such a way that it cuddles all the corners regardless if it's buttoned or not. Oh yeah, did you notice that kick-ass button and button hole?

The back


mike said...

That looks awesome! Do you think there is a chance of static build up that could hurt little mr. mac?

Citizen Skein said...

Good question, Mike. I honestly have no idea. But now that you mention it, I still have no idea. It's all natural wools and stuff and the hats I wear of the same material don't make my hair static-y, but electronics sure are finicky. I'll let you know if anything bad happens to my 'puter but I haven't noticed any static while using thus far; it is still fresh though.

Anonymous said...

I'm looking to knit a laptop case myself, and was wondering how much yarn you ended up needing to make this/what gauge your yarn was? It looks great!

Citizen Skein said...

It was probably half a skein for each of the five yarns. I would recommend using a seed stitch (knit, purl) because it's less elastic. Also, before you start get a good gauge (knit around 20 stitches for several inches, and then measure it off the needles) so that you're dimensions work out for a snug fit. Lastly, washable yarns would be ideal (I didn't), otherwise you'll need to dry clean it if it gets dirty.