At least, this is how *I* do it.
- Decide that since I’m going to SXSW in March, I should have new luggage.
- Realize that since I’m going to SXSW in March and I have new luggage, I really should have something to protect my laptop.
- Look around and realize that I have WAY too many bags and sleeves and carriers for various electronic devices, but nothing that will fit my Macbook Air *and* fit into my new luggage.
- Dig through the yarn stash for yarn that a) sort of kind of goes with the luggage color and b) will felt.
- Sigh as I realize the Plymouth Boku has black and gray in it, and I really don’t like black and gray, but darnit that stuff has been in my stash for over 3 years and it was too pricey to throw away and the purple matches ok so I decide to use it (doublestranded) in conjunction with a single strand of Galway.
- Grab my favorite size 11 ChiaoGoo needles, and use Judy’s Magic Caston to caston 100 stitches.
- Using the magic loop method, randomly stripe the two yarns until the bag is 12×19.
- Cast off 50 stitches, and knit flat for about 10 rows.
- Start decreasing on every knit row – Slip 1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, knit until 6 stitches before end, ssk, k1, ssk, k1.
- When almost to the end, realize that oh crud I need a buttonhole, so cast off 4 stitches in the middle of the row.
- Cast them on again as I purl back.
- Weave in all the stupid ends that I have because I striped it and what was I thinking anyway?!
- Throw in the washing machine on hot/hot with soap and two towels.
- Toss in the dryer for 10 minutes on the hottest setting.
- Take out and shape (and by shape, I mean tuck in the little flared corners at the top, reinforce the folded edge with some stitches, and close the buttonholes a little because I really should have only cast off/on TWO stitches, not 4.)
- Dig through the stash to find two buttons that are probably coconut shell meaning that I’m probably allergic to them but they match so really, what does it matter, it’s not like I’m eating them – and sew them on.
- Slide the computer in and realize that it really does fit, exactly.
And that, dear readers, is how to make a felted laptop sleeve.