This week I embarked on a new adventure in knitting–making a cozy for my Kindle! I love to take my reading with me, but am always afraid of scuffing up my Kindle by sticking it in my purse or bag. I seriously don’t know why I didn’t think of this earlier. On Friday, I thought my progress was coming along nicely…
Well, since I wasn’t really following a pattern (how hard could it be to knit a rectangle that closes at the top?), it did not turn out quite like I had hoped. FAR too big for a Kindle, one of my stripes only matched up on one side, and the top….one side was taller than the other! At first I thought, total crafty fail!
But I was pretty determined not to let my hard work go to waste, I did spend two days on this thing after all. New plan–use it for real books instead! When I’m not using my Kindle I do still love to pick up a real book, but I hate when my edges get bent and worn, especially with paperback books. This little number fits the pretty thick book I’m just starting called A Clash of Kings, the second book in The Game of Thrones series. (Side note, if you haven’t started reading these, you are really missing out.)
So, I’m calling this only a partial crafty fail. It may not have turned out to be what I originally intended, but experimenting and mistakes are all part of the creative process. I did like how the stripe pattern turned out, and am incorporating it in a dog coat I’m currently working on. I also gained a great book cover that will fit even my fattest books and stretches to cover taller ones too. For now, I’m off to find new inspiration and a new pattern for the elusive Kindle cozy I’m searching for.
What about you? What crafty failures have you used for inspiration? Or had to re-purpose for something else? Let me know, I’m interested to hear!