Saddle stitching a slipcase
My dear husband has acquired his first smartphone, quite some years after everyone else. Until now he has used a very basic Nokia (for those who don’t remember that far back, Nokia was the mobile phone manufacturer back in the day) and a Palm PDA. The Palm is nearing the end of its days, hence the decision to join the rest of the 21st Century and acquire a smartphone. After a surprisingly short period of research, he plumped for the 2nd generation Motorola Moto E, a sub-£100 Android phone that packs a lot of punch for the price.
I’m pretty pleased about the Android choice, because I did a MOOC on programming Android devices last year despite not owning one. Until now I’ve had to use an emulator to run my programs and I’m looking forward to having a go on the real thing. In the hope that it will make it more likely that I’ll be allowed to upload my dodgy code onto the new man-toy, I’ve curried favour by making a leather slipcase for it.
I used a rather boring black leather with a slightly waxy finish, but then the phone is boring and black too. That’s what DH likes. I have jazzed it up a little with stitching in white linen and white edges.
I used this as an opportunity to practise saddle stitching, the technique of sewing with two needles to create a stich that crosses over inside each hole to make it very secure. The end result isn’t all that neat, saddle stitching is definitely one of those skills that is easy to learn but takes an age to master.
The finished espadrille sole
As well as being a rather irregular shape, the sole is a little floppier than I was hoping for. Perhaps there’s a good reason why the cord is traditionally made by plaiting twine, not the I-cord I have used. I might try that with a second pair.
And an (almost) finished cardi
I have at last finished knitting my Stripes Gone Crazy cardigan. I lengthened the welt because the 10 rows of ribbing that the pattern called for looked unbalanced against the long cuffs I need to reach my wrists.
Just a zillion ends to darn in now, and then I can block it. I have found some buttons in my button box that will just about do as a temporary solution until I can get to a decent button shop.