The north eastern part of the United States has been getting hammered with snow and cold weather this week.
Lucky for us we have our knitting and crocheting to help keep us warm!
These cold temperatures make me sad that hot water bottles are so unappreciated here in the USA. I fell in love with them during college when I did my Junior Year Abroad in England.
The shock of getting into a cold bed is much easier to handle when you have a cozy hot water bottle to warm your toes!
There is no reason to limit their use to bedtime. You can fill it up and cuddle it on the couch on particularly chilly nights.
This fancy Fair Isle Hot Water bottle is an example of the fun you can have. The pattern is in the Fall/Winter 2009 issue of Debbie Bliss Magazine. It is knit using Cashmerino Baby yarn.
(If your local yarn store doesn’t have a copy of this older issue floating around, you can get it for your iPad through our app.)
The usefulness of hot water bottles isn’t limited to cold, winter nights. You can also fill them with cold water on a hot summer night to help yourself cool down.
As though all that doesn’t recommend hot water bottles, don’t overlook the fun of knitting covers for them!
The small size of hot water bottle covers makes them relatively quick projects. They are a great palette to test out new stitches or color combinations.
These cabled hot water bottle covers are in the hardcover Ella Rae book “Knitting At Home” by Leanne Prouse. Each pattern takes just one ball of Ella Rae Classic Wool yarn. This 100% wool yarn is available in a wide range of colors.
You can find this book at your local yarn or book store, or through the KFI iPad app mentioned above. (You can get the single pattern through the app, too.)
So much better to practice cables on a little hot water bottle cover than on a big sweater, don’t you think?
You can also test out new yarns that you haven’t tried before. It’s more fun to work a small project than a bunch of swatches!
This last hot water bottle and bag set is a free pattern on our main website. It is knit using Laines du Nord Baby Milk yarn held doubled. Baby Milk is a fingering weight yarn. If you can’t find it at your local yarn store, I suggest Mirasol Nuna or Ella Rae Lace Merino instead.
Do you use a hot water bottle? Have these beautiful covers inspired you to get one?
You should be able to find a hot water bottle at your local pharmacy. Fun knitting, and warm toes, await!