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Knitted Toys for Techies

Jan 23, 2013

A couple of weeks ago I introduced the book Knits of Tomorrow by Sue Culligan, which is one of my favorite new books. It's full of projects that evoke tech from the "olden-days" and space-themed knits of the future. I love it!

There's something for everyone in Knits of Tomorrow, whether you're knitting for kids or adults (or, hopefully, yourself!).

I embrace my inner nerd, and I want you to do the same, so I'm going to present a few more projects from this book to get you excited to share the geekiness:

   When audio cassettes first appeared, they were space-age technology compared to the large and bulky reel-to-reel tapes.

The graphic lines and bright colors of the retro cassette make a handy little cover for a modern-day music player.

The design is knitted using both the intarsia and fair-isle methods and can be lined with felt fabric to provide a tidy finish.

Pop on the cans and pump up the volume!

A classic set of headphones are the perfect shape to be transformed into a hat—the cans fit over the earflaps giving a cozy finish.

The pattern is stockinette, using the intarsia method for the design and a simple crochet edging.

Rockets are a fun way to decorate a child’s bedroom.

These brightly colored spaceships are easy to knit in simple stockinette stitch with garter stitch ridges, and the color combinations can be varied.

This is a great project for using up your yarn stash, as only small amounts are needed for each rocket.

The flying saucer is an icon of the fifties. Celebrate the saucer by knitting your own!

The metallic yarn used gives this scaled-down model a space-age sparkle.

Use dried beans to fill the main body and you get a great paperweight for the office; make a knitted toy for the kids by stuffing with fiberfill instead of beans.

My favorite is the cassette tape iPod cover. It reminds me of my mix-tape-making days in college. I think I spent more time making and listening to mix-tapes than studying. (I hope my mom doesn't read this!)

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P.S. Which of these projects is your favorite? Let us know by leaving a comment!

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Evol Jenius wrote
on Jan 27, 2013 10:25 AM

Pop on the cans means (I think) put your headphones on. Also a senior citizen.:^)

on Jan 26, 2013 12:37 PM

My favorite is the cassette iPod cover too  what great memories I have with cassette tapes.  All the recording and trying to get as much of the song recorded from the radio before the DJ started talking, LOL.

I wonder if this would work as a smart phone convert too???  DJ has been asking me for one...

Ruth@7 wrote
on Jan 23, 2013 9:53 AM

I would say that my favorite of the ones shown here is the rocket mobile.  Super-cute!  I know a whole lot of people (grownups) who are into SF and would really need one of these (if not the entire mobile).

Actually, if filled with catnip they would also make great cat toys....

on Jan 23, 2013 8:50 AM

I can't say I'm the type to knit silly toys. I'm always the Serious Knitter. Making garments, accessories, there are no knitted veggies, octupi, fish, cassette tapes in my life. I'd probably be better off mentally if I knit an occasional silly toy. Laughs can be scarce in the life of a knitter who takes her work too seriously.

DonnaS@28 wrote
on Jan 23, 2013 8:31 AM

"Pop on the cans" ... please translate into senior-citizen English.