I have a really cool tweed hard case for my ukulele as well as a really secure place to keep it when underway. The trouble is that, when the uke is stashed away in its case, I just don’t play it. It’s a hassle to pull it out so it just stays stowed. The uke just needs to be out where I can grab it anytime if I’m going to actually play it.
I’d finally decided that I was going to leave it out, except maybe when we’re actually sailing somewhere. It was likely to get scratched up some, which would hurt, but it’s better than not getting played. I was resigned to it. So, I pulled it out and have been playing it daily ever since.
Recently, Lulu was between craft projects and looking for something to do. I thought, “Let’s see, she’s crocheted protective sleeves for both laptop computers, the netbook, both Kindles, a magnifying glass, nine mini hard drives and the printer. Why not one for my uke?” I presented the idea and she decided that, although it might be kind of a challenge, she was willing to give it a go.
It took her about a week, but she managed to pull it off. Check it out:
Pretty snazzy, huh?
The upper part is large enough that I can leave the electronic tuner attached to the uke’s head. The bottom is open. Now I can just slide the uke out when the spirit moves me and, afterwards, slide it back into its protective sock so it doesn’t get all scratched up. The best of both worlds. It’s good to have a talented wife who needs projects to do.
Now I’m ready to break into an impromptu performance of Mele Kalikimaka at the drop of a Santa hat.