A Slow Recovery

Although the knitting is going well (because you can do it lying down on a couch), I’m still recovering.
I think the bronchitis and pneumonia are under control, but the meds I took had a lot of side effects. I was dizzy and nauseous after taking it. On the fourth day, Saturday, I googled it and found that this particular antibiotic can cause severe side effects (apparently the Europeans have this as a pretty restrictive drug). In consultation with the Doc on call, I stopped at the fourth day. Sunday I was not feeling much better, and again missed my preaching, although I was well enough to catch the Golden Globes on TV (check out Tina Fey’s hilarious acceptance speech here).

Today I was hoping to feel a lot better, and I wasn’t. Severe sinus pain, to the point of migraine light. Hoping for better tomorrow…



One of the fun things about knitting is the pleasure of making something quite useful and beautiful. Yesterday, having finished the Brother Amos Socks, I was in a quandry about my knitting. I have someone I know who needs a prayer shawl, but no appropriate quantity for a shawl that I want to make. Then I remembered that I had not replaced my iPod Cozy, and my iPod cords and the like were always falling out of the pocket in my purse. And there was a stray ball of Noro Kuryeon I had bought on sale in my stash. Voila!
iPod Cozy 1a

Pattern for iPod Cozy

This pattern is for a cozy that will hold an iPod Nano 3rd generation, along with a charging cord and earplugs. You can learn a few new things: one of the best provisional cast-ons, knitting in the round, applied I-cord edging, and felting, all without worrying too much about the final product!


  • about 40 yards Noro Kuryeon in color of your choice (I used sensuously-named Number 212)
  • circular needles, size 8 or 9 (I used 7s because I knit loosely), long enough for magic looping, or double points in the same size
  • size 10 needles (for I-cord), any kind
  • Darning needles
  • Bag for felting (if done in washing machine)
  • Using smaller needes, cast-on a total of 42 stitches (21 sts on each needle) using Judy’s magic cast-on (go here for the original on Knitty, or here for Cat Bordhi’s excellent video).

    Join and knit in the round for about 6 inches.  Knit to the center of one of the sides of the cozy.  Cut yarn, leaving a tail about 8 inches long.  Cast on 3 new stitches onto left needle.  Work applied I-cord edging using the larger needle  around the top edge in the following way: K2, SSK (using one of the new stitches, and one from the body of the cozy).  Slip the 3 stitches on the right needle back onto to the left needle.  Pull yarn tight, and repeat the row until all the stitches have been used up.  For the next row, put the 3 sts back on the left needle, K2, slip the next stitch as if to knit, then pick up a stitch from under the first part of the I-cord, then perform the SSK.

    Now, continue making plain ol’ I-Cord for until the I-Cord reaches to the bottom of the cozy without stretching. Cut yarn, pull yarn through the loops.  Now make a loop for a button (make it bigger than you think you’ll need because felting makes it smaller), and sew the end to the I-cord securely.

    Go back to the top back of the cozy, and with extra yarn, tighten up anything that needs to be corrected, sewing in ends.

    Felt as you wish, some good direction here.  Sew on button.

    IPod Cozy 1b