1.31.2011

Techno Gloves

Did you know I live somewhere COLD?  Well, now that I have a smart phone with a touch screen I've run into a problem... I want to answer it, check my e-mail or just tweet and I have to TAKE OFF my gloves to do it.  This just doesn't work when it's 10 degrees out!  Last year my hubby was talking my ear off about conductive thread and how cool it is and how it's the wave of apparel design' s future, and I was like yeah.. yeah.. yeah...  right.  BUT, it is!!!!  
I decided to get some from Etsy and give it a whirl, and you know what?  It IS the latest greatest thing...  I knit some gloves (with Colleen's help) and held the conductive thread double with the yarn for the tip of the index finger, and IT WORKS!  I can use my phone outside and not freeze... who woulda thunk it?  I did decide to give my finger a little extra "boost" and wove the ends of the thread across the pad of the finger a few times more:
I got my first length of conductive thread here, as it is sold in 5 yard bits which was perfect for experimenting.  It looks like other family members are clamoring for it in their gloves, so I'll be ordering a bigger spool from here soon!  


Yarn and Pattern Details:  A modified version of my Twisted Gloves worked with Schaefer Yarn Heather in Thistle

30 comments:

  1. Cool! Thanks for letting us know about this! Sofie has been begging for me to make a pair of gloves that she can wear while using her iphone.

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  2. Genius! I am so going to copycat you on this.

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  3. IT Worked!!!!! yippie! you are so so clever!

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  4. OMG, I'm so glad you found someone selling the thread! I've been talking about knitting a pair of gloves and carrying the thread along in the finger pads for ages, but I'd just never done anything about it.

    AWESOME!

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  5. Fabulous idea! Beats fingerless gloves when it is really cold out!

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  6. Thanks All! I've had this in my queue to do for over a year... it was crazy easy... especially since you really only need it in one finger!!!

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  7. Brilliant, one more reason to get a smart phone. The idea is phenomenal!

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  8. Smart smart smart!!! Now I need some conductive thread....

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  9. I've never heard of conductive thread before. What a brilliant idea!

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  10. That's pretty cool and solves a problem I've been debating how to solve for a while.

    Can't wait to try this out.

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