Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nook Knits

I got a nook rather than a Kindle.

(I know, stupid me. But I like my nook. And I've always been a bit weird.)

I love having an ereader. I read all the time. When I first got it, I contemplated buying it a cover. Then I realized that I could just knit one.

First, I made it a "cozy"...


The thing about the nook is that it's a pretty standard size. Most of the mini-tablets and the tablet-type Kindles are about the same size (about 5 inches by 8 inches). So, I then made some for Zizi Rho Designs. Then I published the pattern so knitters could make their own.

But I didn't stop there. Next, I made a pillow to prop the thing up...


And when I posted this picture on Ravelry, the response was so positive I decided to post the pattern as well.

But that pillow was always just the rough draft. I spent some time last year working on a better version, taking the lessons from the first one, and I made...


As I worked on this pattern, I realized that people have full size tablets and smartphones that could use the same treatment, so I sized the pattern up and down...



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I don't have the pillow props made for my shop. I don't think there's really a market for them. What do you think? Should I include them in my shop? Or do you think that those who want one would rather knit it themselves?

19 comments:

  1. Hm. I don't know. I always just sit my reader in my lap. Or at least I did, until it busted. *alligator tears* I think that's a pretty nifty creation.

    True Heroes from A to Z

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  2. Creativity at its best. And talent, because I know I couldn't do that, or have the patience. :) I have a Kindle, have had it a long time. No cover, poor thing. Maybe soon.
    Silvia @
    SilviaWrites

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    1. Well, there are lots of Kindle covers on the market. (As for patience, the pillow props take maybe a weekend to finish.)

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  3. I love them, I'd probably knit one myself, but I know a lot of people who aren't crafty in any way, shape or form...they might like it. Why not give it a trail run and see. Love the designs.

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  4. Hi Liz,

    I have one of the original Kindles, so I'm a bit behind the times ... but hey! ... if it ain't broke, don't fix it! I probably just tempted fate big time with that comment!

    Hubbie bought me a swish leather cover, with light, with the Kindle, however that does make it rather heavy and not as portable as I would have liked.

    The 'cozy' looks rather attractive and the pillow props are a great idea fro when I am at my desk working. I guess that price point would be quite an important factor when deciding whether to add the pilow props to your shop. Perhaps, as 'The Wicked Writer' suggested, you could give them a trial run and see what volume of response you get. I am certain that friends and family would gladly take them off your hands, if they don't sell!

    I love knitting and crocheting, so this was a fun post for me, thanks.

    Yvonne

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    1. Every member of my family who wants one already has one. Or two.

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  5. I think you should include some in your shops. They're a smart idea since so many people read in bed, and I bet there plenty of them don't know how to knit.

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  6. I couldn't knit anything to save my life and I agree with JE, those pillows are a smart idea.

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  7. Those of us who want them looked for them in your store and didn't find them and then were very disappointed, and those of us who want them definitely do NOT want to knit them ourselves, as those of us, etc., cannot knit worth a darn.

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    1. I just got the pattern up last night, so it'll take me a couple days (um, maybe a month or so) to get a listing. If you want one right now, shoot me an email and we can talk.

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  8. So cute! I think you should sell them in your shop, so people who don't knit (like me) could buy them.

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    1. That was the question--are non-knitters interested? Thanks for the feedback.

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  9. I love that cozy! I've thought about crocheting a cover for my kindle and I've seen the pillow idea (although yours are very cool!). Great post, I enjoyed this :)

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  10. I love the props; very clever idea! I don't have a Nook or a Kindle :)

    I think I would include the props in your shop!

    betty

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  11. That's so cool! I'm pretty sure a lot of people would want those!

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  12. You've got to be kidding! Talk about creative. Wonderful idea. Good work. I'll share this post.

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  13. I love the case (and the color!!)! Def. add those to your shop and the pillow props. Some of us can't knit:)

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    1. The cozies are already in the shop. I guess it's unanimous for the pillow props.

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