Eyes on glasses case
One nice thing about the ability to work with yarn is it gives you a chance to solve problems. On Tuesday morning this week I woke up and could not find my eyeglasses. I’m lost without them. I felt all over the cabinet that I thought I had laid them on. Then I carefully stepped over to my work table where I had been on Monday evening. They weren’t there.
I turned my attention to the floor around my bed and bedside cabinet. No luck. Now I was beginning to panic. I felt through the beside trash can. Was I going to have to call someone into my bedroom to help me look? I wake early and enjoy the quiet of the day before the rest of the household rises. But I could do very little without my second set of eyes. I got an empty plastic bag and dumped the trash into it. Ahah. My pretty blue glasses had sunk to the bottom of tissues and papers and wrappers. I wiped them off and stuck them on my face with a smile. It’s always a good morning to see the world around me in more than vague shapes with uncertain distances.
After I dressed and got ready for the work day I sat down in my chair with my workbasket beside me. I found an 24 peg loom, blue yarn, black yarn, green yarn, white yarn, a loom hook, and a crochet hook. On second thought, I pulled out my large eyed yarn needle as well.
I made a reversible eyeglasses case. One side is for fun, the other is formal. It hangs around my neck so I should never lose my glasses while I’m awake and moving around. (That’s been happening a lot to me lately. I put the specs down and then don’t remember where I put them.) The case will hang on my bedpost overnight. Problem solved, as long as I remember to put the glasses in the case when I take them off!
This project took me 30 minutes and was worth the time for me after spending over that same amount of time seeking my second pair of eyes. Here’s how to do it.
Double e-wrap all the pegs on the loom with blue yarn. Knit off the first 6 loops, then go back and u-wrap them from peg one. Knit off those stitches. You have done 2 rows on the first 6 loops – repeat from * around to finish your first 2 rows. This is your pattern – e-wrap, knit 1 round, u-wrap, flat knit 2nd round.
Continue around for 24 rounds – knitting 1 round – flat knitting 1 round at the same time.
Attach black yarn. Purl around 1 round. Cut a 3 in tail of blue.
U-wrap one round, flat knit that round. You will reverse now to e-wrap and knit one round, u-wrap and flat knit one round for 24 rounds.
Bring the stitches from round 1 of the blue panel up onto the pegs and knit off to the last stitch to make a double sided case. Knit the last stitch in black for 95 rows, and knit off, leaving a long tail.
To make the eyes, e-wrap the first 3 pegs in white, flat knit back, flat knit the 3 stitches again. E-wrap to peg 13, turn, knit last 3 stitches, turn, knit 3 stitches again. E-wrap to end. U-wrap and flat knit around in white. Attach green. Cut white, leaving at least a 1-inch tail. U-wrap and flat knit around for iris. Weave your white tail in as you work by bringing it behind your work. Attach black. Cut green tail at least 1-inch long. E-wrap and knit black all around, weaving in the green tail. Cut long tail and pull it through the stitches, pulling the work off the loom.
Carefully pull the eye closed by the tail. Smooth and sew to the blue side of your case. Use the black thread to make eyelashes or an eyebrow. My niece tells me that eyelashes define a girl and eyebrows define a boy. Works for me.
Use the bottom tail to sew the case closed at the bottom. Sew the handle side on the 12th stitch at the top. Weave in all threads to tidy the case. It’s done!
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