Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ready for winter

I've been a knitter for nearly as long as I can remember, but over the last 30 odd years there have been a some breaks and a few years ago, after a one such hiatus I spotted a stripy Hot Water Bottle cover in a sunday supplement for some ridiculous amount of money and thought ' I could make one like that' and I did - and hey presto I have been knitting again ever since. Well that cover is now well and truly worn and I've been meaning to make a new Hottie bottle cover for ages, had the pattern printed off for months, but it took the knitalong over at CT'n'Y to get me going, and once I had it didn't take long. Made in unknown inherited aran weight yarn, I'm all ready for the cold weather now.


I adapted the original pattern to make the opening at the bottom rather than the top since I fill my bottle from the tap and regularly get it wet in the sink, I needed a cover I could slip on and off easily, (wet covers are not nice - believe me). So I only knitted half the rib at the top and sewed it closed, and added a flap and buttons to the bottom.

Any Sherlock Holmes out there?

Yesterday at the Lacemakers group we had a collection of 'no longer needed' items available to take in exchange for a charity donation, and this caught my eye....


Sadly the label is partly missing but what is there says....
THE UNIVE
KNITTING P
Full Set. Size 1

So I am guessing along the lines of The Universal (?) Knitting pins, Full Set Size 14 (since inside the wooden case are 9 steel 2mm dpns)
Unfortunately nothing is known of it's history and I'd love to know a little more about this set, especially how old it is, and what it's original use was (surely not 9 dpns for socks) so if anyone has any ideas or knows how I can find out I would love to hear.

4 comments:

Lin said...

Lovely hottie cover, I need to get knitting those for us!

Judith said...

You know, only a knitter would come up with a sweater for a hot water bottle! It's absolutely lovely. I especially like the cable.

I actually knit a cover for a bottle of wine (it had a lacy drawstring top) that I gave to a knitting friend (with a nice bottle of wine in it). Talk about warming up the winter night!

Hugs and good knitting to you!

Silvia said...

You can tell wnter is close when knitters make Hotwaterbottle covers!!

Suzie Sews said...

adorable...yep the weather is changing and what could be better than curling up with your very own hottie...love the cable design.