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Making a cross-stitch iPhone cover (and why you might not want to)

I recently (fiiiiinally) finished my Mass Effect iPhone cover. Don’t get me wrong, I love it. But I’m not sure it’s actually such a good idea.

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Shown here on my Titanfall notes, since it was the closest sheet of paper I had to hand

First, the good parts: you can create a customized iPhone cover, which is rad.

Also, it was cheap. I bought the kit (which includes the cover, five shades of floss, and several blank pattern sheets) at Walmart for about $7. I had to buy the custom floss colors separately at a crafts store, for the princely sum of about 79 cents x 5 skeins of floss.

And it was a lot easier to stitch than I thought it would be. I was afraid it would be hard to push the needle through the holes on the cover, and my fingers would get tired. But that was not a problem.

Here are the issues, though. It turns out there are some very valid reasons why iPhone covers are not usually made of fabric.

1. I’m kind of a clean freak when it comes to my electronics. This cover can’t be cleaned very well or very often, and it can’t be disinfected. (Have you ever seen the kinds of germs your iPhone picks up?)

2. It will wear out eventually. I can already see signs of chafing on the embroidery floss.

3. Even aside from the germophobe problem, the cover will get grubby. Shouldn’t be too big a problem with this design, but if your design features bright colors or light shades, you will notice. You can wash it of course, but stains and spills are still going to take their toll.

4. It has a good grip. But if you are the kind of person who likes to be able to slip your iPhone easily in and out of a pocket, the embroidery floss has friction that will probably annoy you.

5. Possibly the worst issue: adding the embroidery floss to the cover causes it to deform and bell out along the long sides. You can see this happening in the photo above. It doesn’t fit snugly, which is annoying.

I’m still trying to decide which is worse: a cover that is a little bit loose on the sides, or using double-sided tape and getting my iPhone sticky.

Still though… totally worth it.

I made a thing

A cross-post of sorts from my video game blog. I created a “Let’s Play” video, which is where you record your gameplay along with your headset audio. It’s like a real-time commentary track, but with a lot more awkwardness.

If you have ever wondered what I sound like in real life, or what weird noises I make when I get frustrated or annoyed, then this is your lucky day!

A warning: There is a lot of explicit violence in this video. And a lot of inappropriate giggling at the explicit violence, because I am a terrible human being.


This time of year my front yard becomes a singles bar for amphibians.

“Hey baby” the frogs croak. “You work out? Huh? You look good! Hey baby.”

It seems charming from the video, I’m sure. But this is a rare example of daytime ribbiting. They usually only ribbit at night. All night. About 20 feet from my bedroom window. At which point it definitely counts as “racket.”

You move all the way to the middle of the woods, but you still gotta deal with noisy neighbors. I swear.

Surprise! The socks are done.

It’s not an April Fool’s prank, they really are finished.

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And they even almost match!

Opal sock yarn may not be the softest, and I know many knitters prize softness above all other qualities. But it is durable, stands up to being machine laundered on a regular basis, and the colors stay vibrant for a long time. I am a fan.