David gave me an iPod for Hanukkah and I've been enjoying it immensely.
I made a little cozy for it with Knit Picks Gloss yarn. After taking a swatch, I measured around the iPod and multiplied my gauge by the number of inches. I cast on that number and knit a few rows of garter stitch, then switched to stockinette for the body. I knit until the cozy was long enough to cover the iPod, then divided the stitches in half and did a 3-needle bind-off.
I picked up stitches along the front, knit back and forth in stockinette for a couple of inches then finished with a couple of rows of garter and bound off. I sewed the hanging flap up the cozy to make a little pocket for the earphones. (Actually, I added a couple of stitches to the flap to make room for my larger mono earphone from my hearing device--but most of you won't need to do that.) Then I started a long i-cord to go around my neck.
Although I've listened to podcasts on my laptop for a while (and still love Cast On and the others), I've discovered a few new favorites:
1. Sticks and String
Although I obviously have a lot of interest in men who knit (as you can tell since both my partner and our son knit), I was a little wary of a knitting "bloke." Sounded a bit too consciously macho for my taste. I was wrong. (Clearly I didn't get the everydayness of the word in Australia. I gather it doesn't mean anything other than "man" or "guy" or "fellow" does to some of the rest of us.)
David, the host of the podcast, has a welcoming personality. With his gentle voice, he presents essays, reviews, and occasional interview interspersed with mellow music. I caught up with all of his earlier episodes in short order!
In his spare time, David is an astrophysicist and a teacher. How cool is that?
2. More Hip than Hippie
This is an "eco-funny" podcast, as the hosts say. Although Dori and Val are a bit more professional and less off-the-cuff than Lime and Violet, they have some of the same energy. The introductory song turned me off so much than I almost didn't continue listening to the first episode--but now I am totally hooked on their laughter, inspiration, reporting on issues, summary of recent eco-news, and "teeny weeny greeny" tips to live a greener life, and reviews of chocolate and beer. Have a listen!
3. 3 Wine Guys
These three guys review several wines on each episode, usually all of a particular variety. Sometimes they talk about particular wineries or the history of a particular kind of wine as well. I don't always laugh at their occasional attempts at broad humor, but I'm very fond of their quiet off-the-cuff discussions. Who wouldn't drool over descriptions of "a chewy kick-ass pinot" tasting like a mix of cinnamon, raspberry syrup, pencil lead, grilled toast, violets, and forest floor?
4. Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me
Did you KNOW you could listen to some of the best of NPR, including my all time favorite listed above?! I had no idea. I also found my favorite local NPR talk show from an old hometown--the thing I still miss absolutely the most about Philadephia.
5. The Economist and Democracy Now
And when their news gets too serious, check out the Onion.