After a week of feeling particularly rubbish, it was decided I should own a hot water bottle. Jamie picked one up in town, but couldn't find any covers. I had already searched the Ravelry pattern database and found the perfect pattern that I now desperately want to knit:
|Hot Water Platypus by brella|
However, I don't have the right yarn in my stash, so if I wanted to use my hot water bottle straight away, I needed an instant solution.
A quick search online located these instructions for sewing a cover and a hunt around the house unearthed an old black fleece scarf that I was going to throw away.
I found a spare sheet of paper to make my pattern, and chopped up my scarf into three handy hot water bottle shaped pieces.
It would have been super quick if I'd got my machine out, but as I was lazing on the sofa watching TV I decided to hand sew the whole thing.
It didn't take that much longer, but I was slowed down massively by my decision to decorate the front of the cover with the fringe from the end of the scarf.
I have to say, I am amazed I haven't owned a hot water bottle until now. It's brilliant! It will be great for taking camping too, especially when I'm in the tent on my own. The fleece cover will be perfect for that, which means once I've knit my platypus I can keep that for home use only.