David Pescovitz at 2:54 pm Wed, Feb 22, 2012
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My friend Nicole Tindall macraméd her iPod headphones! Not only do they look fantastic, they tangle less frequently. Bonus: Nicole used macramé string out of her mom's old supplies dating back to macramé's early 1970s heyday.
They looks like 1940s-vintage cloth-wrapped headphone wires… neat!
It appears to be mostly a cobra knot, carelessly tied, he jackassedly said.
btw Nicole, I removed that stick and feel better. Nice mod.
Nice look, but those default Apple earbuds are already completely useless to me, even without the additional weight. They just fall out of my ears. The sound quality is also unlistenable. I must have strange ears and strange hearing, because I have no idea how or why anybody uses them at all.
I am with you and allybeag — perfectly normal looking ears that reject the Apple earbuds or ache if I try to force feed them in there. I have been very happy with a set of JVC (I can’t remember the style name) earphones that have the soft moldable earpiece that conforms to my ear canal (not waaay in there, but like a soft foam ear plug). They do well to block extraneous sound, too.
I’ve considered drilling my ears so I can be just as perfect as the iPod silhouettes. Perfectly round, tone-deaf ears.
I figure the Apple earbuds are designed to fit in a 6′-0″ man’s ears. They fall out of my ears, too, and yeah, the sound quality is similar to that of a woolen string run through an empty steel can.
I bought a pair of earthumps and never looked back.
I have strange ears too (although they look perfectly normal, I hasten to add). I can’t get any of those little earbud thingies to stay put in my ears – they all fall out, even the ones with several sizes included. The only ones I can wear are the ones that loop round the top & back of your ears.
man, that is all kinds of awesome — takes me back to the macrame owls and plant hangers that were big when i was a kid. the only thing i’d do differently is maybe work some tiny lil’ wooden beads into the “open” sections for extra 70s flair.
and maybe a matching bag? (needs fringe, though!)
Ah..you thought of the wooden beads, nice.
Cloth cord wrappings are great. They never tangle and only a few mass produced headphones have them.
Oh, Apple official earbuds are horrid. But I bought some Panasonic “Ear Drop” earbuds for about $6 and they work great. No microphone or volume control, but they have an interesting clip design on each bud that allow for easy wrapping and can be clipped to your shirt or a bag strap when not used. If these things had cloth insulation I they would sell even better IMHO.
I WANT that!
My friend makes these and sells them on Etsy! Her boyfriend makes other cables as well and each one is individually wrapped.
This is about the worst bundled headphones I have encountered in years. Any or $10-20 Philips or Sony headphones trample them at any type of listening scenario.
Hey, somebody mentioned/displayed the pack-in ipod earphones! EVERYBODY QUICK! POST YOUR SNARKY SHIT ABOUT HOW BAD THEY ARE BECAUSE OTHERWISE PEOPLE WON’T KNOW HOW BAD THEY ARE OR HOW DISCERNING YOUR EARS ARE!
The craft looks pretty practical and is a neat personalization of a common object. Not a huge macrame fan myself though.
Check out Cordinated! They make Kits to do this yourself. Complete with full instructions!
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