Nike+iPod Shoe HackDecember 27, 2006
Santa listened to me this year and sent (via Lala, who calls him the Christmas Hippie) me the Nike+iPod kit. This thing is awesome. There's a little do-jobber that you fit into the end of your iPod Nano, and a remote sensor chip that you're supposed to fit into the base of specially designed Nike shoes. Welp, I love my New Balance 855s, and I don't need to buy the special, expensive shoe. There are a bunch of do-it-yourself hacks out there (I found a good list here), but I didn't see any instructions on how to knit yourself a sensor cozy, so here you go.
It's dead easy, and took about 20 minutes. You should be a bit versed in sock construction, since I don't go into details.
Grab some leftover sock yarn (you'll only need a bit) and 2 circular sock-sized needles, whatever you like. I used size 1US, but I knit looser than anyone else, so you might need a 3US, or whatever gives you a nice dense fabric. I chose a bit of KnitPicks merino.
Following the instructions for a toe-up sock found here (I used, as I usually do, the figure-eight method) to cast on twelve stitches, six on each needle. Do one row on each side, and then increase to eight on each needle by knitting into the front and back of the first and last stitch on each needle. You now have sixteen stitches total. Work six or seven more rows.
Now try it on for size. Slip the sensor in. You want it pretty snug, but don't worry about getting it super tight. If you like it, now is a good time to turn it inside out briefly and weave in that tail end.
Keep knitting around until you can just about close the top of the pouch over the top of the cozy with a small tug.
Break your yarn, leaving a long tail. Put the sensor inside, and then graft (kitchener) the whole thing shut. (Kitchener video HERE.)
Mine is a little wonky, but come on, it's going on your foot! It's okay if it's wonky. Isn't it weird to sew your new toy into a closed cozy? I think so.
Use your needle to continue weaving in that long end, drawing it eventually down to the middle of the back (the side of the sensor that's rounded).
Pick a place near the toe of your shoe that looks likely, and using the same long tail, sew it on. Don't worry about being neat -- make sure it's on there tight. You can always cut it off later and make another one if you change running shoes.
Keep sewing it. It won't fall off (and if it does, a voice tells you the sensor and the receiver are no longer in communication after two minutes), but you want to make sure it won't, right?
Look! Cute! Knitting!
Yay! Thanks, Santa!
(How much do I LOVE that when you link your Nano back up to your computer that it automatically dumps your info to the Nike site that tracks your progress? Tells me my speed and calories burned and average pace.... Awesome. Some would argue that it's too much information that can be gathered, but come on, if you want to track me with a running shoe, you'd be better off just buying a video camera and going full stalker-mode, since the shoes aren't on that much, anyhow.)
Cost: $29, minus the cost of the iPod Nano and the special shoe.