Headphone cosies!

After losing my second pair of earphones this year, I decided it was about time I did something to make me look after them a bit better. I’d seen a couple of peeps working on crocheting and knitting around the cord, but i felt like it would take an age, and I wanted to go for more of a retro feel.

I went with macramé in the end, working square knots for the long cord that attaches to the jack, and then spiral knots for each side going up to the ears.  I also decided to make an extra cord joining the two earphones up, as I have a habit of hanging them around my neck if I go into a shop, or need to speak to someone, and before I know it they’ve fallen down and are dragging along the floor.  As I said, I’m not very good at looking after headphones, which is why I don’t allow myself to use any that cost too much money!

This took about 5-6 hours to complete, it’s a bit of fun, and it gave me nostalgia to making friendship bracelets back at school! I love how they’ve turned out, plus, the thin cables are now quite protected in their snug cosies.  I should add this yarn is super posh – Wollmeise 80% merino, 20% nylon blend, and feels like it’s worthy of it’s £22 price tag.   I was gifted a small leftover ball by Ellen Gill, and it proved the best thing in my stash for showing up stitch definition and looking awesome macraméd over the earphones.  I have yet to knit anything with it, I think I have enough left for a swatch!


Coffee Mug Hugs in Simply Knitting

Issue 108 of Simply Knitting will be hitting the shops soon and my cup cosies are front page news! (The little picture next to the number 24)

The idea was to create three mug hugs in varying patterns and colours. I chose Erika Knight’s British Blue Wool, as it comes in the teensiest cutest little 25g balls and every colour is delicious. The cosies range from a fairly simple knit and purl chequered rib pattern to twisty lace and a fun cabled pattern, and each are tapered slightly to fit neatly around your take-away coffee cup.

The blue cabled cosy is actually my favourite but it isn’t so visible in this picture. It’s tricky taking a photo of a glossy page in strip lighting, so here’s a shot of it on my desk..

The cosies were a really quick, fun knit, and it was a nice chance to play with Erika’s squishy 100% Blue Faced Leicester. The only downside is, now I’m craving a cardigan in it!