My laptop has been sitting around, naked and unprotected from the dangers of her surroundings. Alone most of the day, completely exposed to the ravages of…well, wayward photons. I guess. You see, I’m trying to rationalize my desire to buy an awesome laptop case. I do need one. One day, I’d like to be able to leave the house with her.
I’m hoping that my need to protect my investment justifies the amount of time I spent looking for laptop cases today. Recycled material, fair trade, sustainable fibers, and proper laptop padding are apparently all quite compatible. I have at least four favorites. There’s a vertical bag made from recycled mosquito netting at Peaceful Valley, in green and red. It’s big enough for a 15.4 laptop, but it doesn’t say how the laptop pocket is padded. But hey, if it’s not padded, maybe I could put it in this slim red leather case with fake purple fur lining from bronwenhandcrafted, at etsy. Man, with that wrapping, I could stick her in anything and she’d be safe! Or at least fabulous.
But if it’s not a red leather and purple fur day, I could use this inexpensive, recycled plastic bag from Verdant Computing. It comes in black, sky blue and orangish, and it looks way useful and unassuming. Like, if useful and unassuming is your thing. And one I keep going back to is this reclaimed plastic case that’s made from fused waste materials in India, and fairly traded. The company that makes them, Conserve, has some really gorgeous bags, but the laptop cases come in less exciting color combinations right now.
As much as I liked them all, I don’t like any of them enough to commit right now. And I’m hoping that, after this weekend, it won’t matter. I have the sewing machine all set up, and some extra strong canvas and soft fleece, so I could make my own, and that’d be pretty awesome! Or I could knit a case for it with some of my yarn stash. Or maybe I should stop looking through etsy and getting ideas about what can be done with my extra fabric and yarn. But I’m envisioning a canvas case with two shoulder straps and a carrying handle, a medium-sized top flap, an internal divider…
I need a case for real though, so if inspiration hasn’t made my hands swift and seams tight this weekend, I need to buckle down and pick something. I’m leaning to the mosquito net thing right now.
Hippie Hamlet sums it up: To buy, or DIY?