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Kids And iPhones: Knit Decoys Don't Fool 'Em

07/24/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Daddytypes.com had an idea for keeping children distracted while daddy plays with his iPhone. It didn't work, but nice try:

My mom was insanely cool even before she knitted an iPhone. Last week, as the hype was peaking, I braced for reports of kids across the country grabbing for their parents' new iPhones; it was a drool-soaked disaster waiting to happen, like all those people who flung their Wii controllers into their flatscreens because they didn't think they really needed that wrist strap. Obviously, I thought, a kid needs his own iPhone so he won't play with his dad's. So I asked my mom if she could knit one. And she did. Frankly, I think it's cooler than the Steve Jobs version.

Here is her knitting saga, and the tips and details to help other knit-happy folks save $800.

Read the full story here or view touching/disconcerting videos of children playing with iPhones below -- who's a little consumer? Who's a little consuuumer? Who's a budding addict? You are! You are!

PLUS: Fake Steve Jobs on videos of kids using iPhones

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