Monday, October 10, 2011

Cozy Reading

"A good book should leave you slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it." - William Styron

Reading a good book for leisure should be a comfortable experience. Whether lounging on the beach under an umbrella in Sunny 70-degree weather, or curled up by the fire with a blizzard going full-blast outside, reading should be enjoyable.

With cold weather quickly approaching, one way to make reading a comfortable experience is to knit a cozy for your reading device, whether paper or electronic.

For traditional book-lovers, here is a beautifully simple pattern for a book cover that is a great way to use up stashed sock yarn. Below is a picture of one that I recently made:

*note: Instead of making the sleeves part only 11 rows, I doubled it to 22 rows. Blocking is best done on a piece of cardboard about the size of a regular paperback book, using pins to stretch out the ribbing. This can also be used on smaller hardcover books.

If you prefer to use an e-Reader, such as Amazon's Kindle, here is a pattern for the "Bear Claw" Kindle cozy (this is originally made to fit the Kindle 2, but the dimensions can be adjusted to other sizes accordingly).

Happy, cozy reading!

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