‘Tis the season to be toasty…

It is a truth universally acknowledged that time flies. Especially when you’re having fun, and sometimes even when you’re not. And how, indeed, the hours and days have sped by since my last post! I simply don’t know where they’ve gone, or even how they have travelled. Crazy.

Anyway, here I am, back again, and feeling – with, I confess, some considerable smugness – the benefits of my hot water bottle (it’s cold in London today) in its lovely, new, hand-knitted cover:

Lovely, stripy cosiness. I do love a hot water bottle to snuggle up with.

Lovely, stripy cosiness. I do love a hot water bottle to snuggle up with.

Some of you may recognise the yarn… Yes, I used the leftovers from my gargantuan bolster cushion coverDebbie Bliss Rialto DK in a range of colours. Cunning, or what?

I followed the lovely pattern in Knitty Gritty and the cover was very straightforward to knit – a combination of stocking and moss stitch. The only difference I introduced was the stripy design. I did, at one point, start to worry the cover was turning out too long and thin for the hot water bottle itself – probably something to do with my tension – so I kept a close eye on progress:

If the cover fits...

If the cover fits…

Happily, it all turned out just fine and I needn’t have worried. (The latter sentence is one that I could apply to most things in life. Why I’m apparently incapable of applying it BEFORE the worry actually sets in, goodness only knows!) The cover was soon ready – although, as you can see, without the bottle inside it does look a little on the gaunt side!

Lovely cover. Needs a bottle.

Lovely cover. Needs a bottle.

I am pleased with the button holes, in particular. I’d done button holes before but this pattern used a different technique (yf, K2tog):

Button hole success!

Button hole success!

I’m also very happy with the buttons themselves, which I truffled up in a little craft shop we chanced upon in Swanage, while enjoying our recent holiday in Purbeck, Dorset:

Right on the button!

Right on the button!

I knew the pattern suggested 1cm buttons but didn’t have a tape measure with me and – weirdly – it didn’t occur to me, at the time, to ask to borrow one from behind the counter. So I guessed the size and came away with a set of 1.5cm examples. It’s a good thing knitting has some give!

This hot water bottle cover was one of the last of my holiday knitting projects to be completed. Once I’d sewn on the last button, I still had a wire knitting project to tackle – more on that soon. Since then, I’ve felt rather empty-handed and I really need to find a new knitting project to keep my hands busy. I’ve still got my Decopatch fussball table project, of course – and more on this soon, also! – but the next stage is quite fiddly. Creative yes, relaxing not so much. And relaxation is what I’m after.

I feel a trip to the lovely Fringe coming on…

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