However, even the hardiest New Englander starts to look concerned when autumn comes around. One minute it's warm and then the next – brrrrr! An icy wind suddenly comes straight down from Canada, creeping under every door and chilling the house to an uncomfortable degree.
But it's only mid‐September! And you know your neighbours won't have their heating on for at least another month. So what do you do? Well here's this week's “Knitting Ahead” suggestion: dig your hot water bottle out of its summer hibernation and make it a brand‐new cover.
And of course, your evening will be much more pleasant if you know your PJ's are wrapped around a bottle ready for you to put on and snuggle under the duvet. Now all you need is cup of hot cocoa and an evening cookie and that north wind can howl all it likes.
In the next blogpost, I shall be posting details about a new hot water bottle cover in two different sizes: Joules & Joulietta. These are worked using a lovely soft, textural stitch called Barley Corn from our Reversible Knitting Stitches book. This traps the air well so is great at keeping the bottle warm for ages. Joules fits a regular‐sized hot water bottle and Joulietta is for a mini‐size bottle – perfect when travelling or for a child's bed.
Both are quick to work so you won't have long to wait until you can have a new cozy hot water bottle to hug! The pattern can be downloaded from my website by clicking the link here.
You don't need a lot of yarn for each cover – about 60gm of worsted weight yarn for the mini size cover and 100gm for the larger one. I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes but any similar yarn would work fine. You might already have just what you need in your yarn stash!
Until next time ‐ keep warm,