Knitting for my mandolin

michaelpthompson's picture

Well, something else has been taking away from my knitting time lately; a new mandolin. Well, actually it's an old mandolin, but new to me. His name is Lyle and he's a bowlback mandolin from 80 or 90 years ago. Check out my blog on the Mandolin Café Forum to find out more, including why he's called Lyle.

As I said, Lyle is a bowlback, also known as a tater bug or Neapolitan mandolin. So far, he's spent most of the time on my kitchen table in various stages of reconstruction, but I'm hoping he'll be ready to go out soon, and when he does, he'll need some protection.

Of course, knitting a case is the first thing that comes to mind. I'm thinking of felting, but have no idea how to account for the bowl or what kind of fastening to use. They're usually zipped. So anyway, I'm looking for any ideas or suggestions from my faithful knitting companions.

Tom Hart's picture

Michael, Please watch

Michael,

Please watch “United Breaks Guitars” on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YGc4zOqozo

Sometimes even a hard case isn’t enough.

michaelpthompson's picture

Guess there's no hope

Guess there's no hope against a determined baggage handler. :-)
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"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."
Tallguy

Bill's picture

those are wonderful

those are wonderful tunes!!!
...there are three songs!

song 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YGc4zOqozo&feature=relmfu
song 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-UoERHaSQg&feature=relmfu
song 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P45E0uGVyeg&feature=relmfu

Bill's picture

Michael, there's no reason

Michael, there's no reason why you can't knit a "mandolin cozy" that would fit inside a hard case...

michaelpthompson's picture

That's a good idea Bill. I

That's a good idea Bill. I was thinking of a drawstring type bag, which would be larger at the bottom and smaller at the top. Might even be able to make I-cord strings, which could be fastened to the bottom corners like one of those backpack things the kids wear. For regular use, I could keep it in the case, but it would be fun to carry it to a Renaissance Faire in the bag.

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"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."
Tallguy

Bill's picture

Michael...you need a

Michael...you need a challenge!
I think a "half egg" shape with a handle...think of a domed beanie decreased asymmetrically......and a zipper along the side...(I know, zippers are not correct for the Ren Faire) (grin)

michaelpthompson's picture

I've already had quite a

I've already had quite a challenge getting this mandolin in playable condition!

I had envisioned a bag knit the width of the mandolin, but it sounds like you're talking length. Like if I make something that is as wide as the mandolin is long and make some increases on one side more than the other? I'm working on getting my head around this.

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"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."
Tallguy

Tom Hart's picture

Michael, that is an

Michael, that is an extraordinary looking instrument! Are you absolutely sure you don't want a hard case for that? I play the dobro (total beginner) and I've got an inexpensive resophonic guitar that I've rigged up to be a dobro and I wouldn't dare carry it around in a bag. Your mandolin is a thing of real beauty. For me a knitted bag for something like that would not be enough. At all.

michaelpthompson's picture

You're probably right Tom.

You're probably right Tom. Aesthetically it feels more pleasing to make something myself, but it wouldn't likely offer much protection, would it? Fortunately, I have a mandolin community who are as friendly and helpful as my wonderful knitting community, and they've made several excellent suggestions.

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"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."
Tallguy

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That is a beauty. --

That is a beauty. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

TheKnittingMill's picture

That is stunning!

That is stunning!

michaelpthompson's picture

Thanks for all the

Thanks for all the compliments on the mandolin. I can't take any credit for his appearance, though I've been hard at work on his structure, trying to get him into playable condition. And thanks Bill, for the suggestion about canvas or denim, that's a good idea.
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"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."
Tallguy

TomH's picture

Totally stunning mandolin!

Totally stunning mandolin!

Bill's picture

Michael, many of the cases

Michael, many of the cases seem to be hard. You can knit and felt one, but you might think of fusing the felted to a canvas or denim for extra strength. It can be sewn and zippered just like a soft canvas bag case.
Feel free to PM me if you have questions.

Kerry's picture

What a beautiful looking

What a beautiful looking instrument.

Gregory Patrick's picture

That's awfully beautiful. So

That's awfully beautiful. So rare you see those (or hear about) anymore. You know, having been in the restaurant business for a million years, the first thing I thought of when you said mandolin, was the slicing tool! So, I thought, how clever....some knit guards to keep you from slicing your fingers off! But, the instrument is glorious, man. Cheers!

michaelpthompson's picture

I hear you about the slicing

I hear you about the slicing Gregory. When I have worked in restaurants I always take a moment to realize they're not talking about a musical instrument. Have the same trouble with the salamander.
:-)

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"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."
Tallguy