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« on: March 10, 2007 07:07:03 PM »

I want to knit a laptop case, but I got to thinking-- wool is infamous for creating static, so what type of yarn should one use to knit a laptop cozy? I don't really want a case as much as a "sock" to cover it inside the case, while I have it out but I'm not using it, etc, so it doesn't require the thickness of felted wool. I was just wondering if anyone knew a good, non-static-creating fiber for such a project, and if anyone who's made a laptop out of wool has had any problems with static.

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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2007 08:59:11 PM »

I'm not sure of an anti-static fiber, but I'll warn you that I've got this acrylic sweater that makes my hair stand on end every time I wear it.


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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2007 11:25:24 PM »

i did a quick search for laptop cozies and a couple of ones for sale are made of 100% cotton.

i would definitely stay away from synthetics like acrylic, polyester, and microfibre--major hair-raisers as was mentioned above my post.
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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2007 11:14:58 AM »

are you wanting to just make a sleeve, or something with handles?  if you want to make something with handles i recommend making it in wool and felting it so that the material doesn't sag when you carry it around.  you could always line it with a soft cotton material to keep it from getting too staticy  Smiley 

« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2007 12:48:12 PM »

I just made a case for a friend's portable dvd player.  After some research into the perils of static electricity, and the proclivities of wool toward storage of same, I consulted with said friend on the subject.  We decided to stay the course with a felted wool outer, and that she would make a snazzy, low-static liner for it.  We also figured that washing it in hair conditioner, or tossing it in the dryer with asheet of Bounce, after felting would be a sufficient safety measure.

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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2007 04:46:49 PM »

Thanks everyone! That helps a lot.

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