One of the great things about Android is how different people take what started off as a simple mobile OS and they have created a lifestyle from that. T-shirts, mugs. I have seen aprons and umbrellas and of course a hat for just about whatever style you like to place on top of your sporty little head.
For me it is a beanie most of the time. And while there are a few different types of Android beanies none looks half as cool or cute at these from Julie Murray from Handmade of Awesome.
We contacted Julie and asked if she would be able to spare us a little time to answer a couple of questions for us and for you our readers. The reason, I think they are great and more people need to know about the work she does. So read on to read about us tackling subjects such a Mac & Cheese, aprons, cozies, how Apple users don’t have such cool beanies and perhaps something Android related. Or head straight over to her Etsy Store and pick up your beanie now.
I cannot wait to see where Julie takes this and the new creations she has waiting to be let loose on the world. And don’t forget it is coming up to Valentines Day. I doubt that it would be made and delivered to you on time (I cannot say for sure I don’t make them), but even if they were not you would be content with the knowledge that one would be on its way to you. So drop a few hints, leave the Etsy Store page open so the other half sees it – it’s better than getting something you don’t really want in the first place.
To find out more head over to the Handmade of Awesome Google+ page or the Etsy Store. And don’t be scared to ask Julie anything you are not sure about, she is great person and I am sure she will answer any questions. Oh, and she is responsible for one of the coolest wallpapers I have had on my phone in a long time.
Check after the interview for more pictures
Robert Best: Julie, I have been a fan of your hats ever since I came across, I guess stumbled would be the right word, your Android Beanies on Google+. After my initial “They are so cool. I must own one some day” thoughts that passed through my head on thing struck me. Why? Why make them? What was the reasoning behind you deciding to start doing this.
Julie Murray: I decided to make the Android beanies when a fellow G+’er (Scott Wakeman from New Zealand) asked me if I could make them. He noticed some of my atheist crochet offerings and that was when he asked. I decided to make one and then post a picture of it. He shared that post and it just blew up from there. I didn’t expect them to be so popular.
RB: Android fans are interesting people. I know if someone had said to me would I be interested in one, before seeing what it looked like, I would have perhaps brushed the idea off. However once you see one, how cool it looks it just changes your way of thinking. What are your thoughts on why do you think they have become so popular?
JM: Well, like you said, Android fans are interesting people!
Also, that Android guy is cute. People like cute. I know that I want one, but I can’t really make one for myself until I get caught up! I want one because I want people to know that I prefer Android over Windows phones and all that other IPhone junk! I imagine that’s a big part of it, too.
RB: Andy is cute. I have been trying not to say they are cute. Choosing to say they are cool but it is hard not to look at them for any length of time without going “They are so cute” (And I am 31-year-old guy saying that lol). And I do think you are right. We like to wear the Android image like a ‘Badge of Honor’ at times. I know I am always looking out for cool t-shirts, toys,cufflinks or anything Android releated. I remember once seeing an apron.
JM: An apron would be awesome! I do have plans for more Android related things as soon as I get all my current orders caught up.
Its too bad that those IPhone people don’t have awesome beanies, too.
RB: If I bought my good lady an Android apron I would say she would kill me Since I do now how to cook I would never use it. I have been told that sausages, bacon and toast do not count as cooking.
So this means you have more Android related things planned? You are not just going to make a handful of beanies and vanish into Droidlore.
JM: Oh yes, I have a few things up my sleeve. Many people have given me ideas. I want to make some acrylic figures and some more crochet and/or knitted items. Specifically a matching scarf for the beanies and maybe try some amigurumi crocheted Androids and even Android phone cozies.
Sausages, Bacon, and Toast is just about all you need, really. That, and macaroni and cheese.
RB: I am so with you on the scarf idea, I think I own about twenty but always seem to come back to my long handmade knitted one. I can see the figures being a hit also and cozies.
I never got the mac & cheese. It must be something from your side of the water.
I am sure this is a stupid question, but I feel I should ask anyway. Do you yourself own an Android phone? If so what it is? If not what do you use?
JM: Well I’m addicted to mac and cheese. I have it at least once a week. Sometimes more!
But I do have an Android phone. It’s an HTC Desire. Not my first choice, but I was able to afford it. This is my first Android phone. I got it in June of 2011. I wanted an Android phone from the beginning but could never afford one or there just wasn’t one I was interested in when it was time for me to upgrade.
RB: The Desire is a good solid phone. A great entry. I had the Hero it was worse but still Android and it was enough to keep me going, 6 phone later I am still here.
And what about you the person? When you are not creating Android goodness for our heads what do you do when you step away from little Andy?
JM: Well I do have a full-time job, as well. I work at an ISP in the tech department. We also sell professional wireless networking equipment so I spend most of my time on the phone suggesting the correct product and troubleshooting customer’s problems. I’m also currently completing an Associates degree in computer programming.
When I’m not at my job and I’m not playing with Andy, you can find me at a variety of metal concerts and shows.
I never realized it before, but I’m pretty busy!
RB: Well I thank you very much that you have been able to spare a little bit of time for us here tonight. Personally I cannot wait to see what you create for us next, as I am sure many others will be.
JM: You’re very welcome and thank you!
Links: Etsy Store and Google+ Page