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  • Gosh Ann, your hottie cover is so beautiful, it almost makes me want to get a back ache…or something, just to get to use it!! There is something theraputic about the sloshy warmth of a hot water bottle…

  • Shoot-I should have thought of this for the hubbie-o, the guy with the rustic cabin. Of course, if he has a hot water bottle, will he decide he doesn’t need me???

  • This is one project I’ve been dying to make, but always the question stops me: Why do hot water bottles need covers? Do covers keep the bottle (which isn’t actually a bottle) hotter for longer? I’d really like to know. Thank you!
    (I want to do one of the cabled patterns, myself).

  • I got my hot water bottles on Amazon (German thermoplastic – so very Euro). And since David had a surfeit of alpaca bouclé swatches of the perfect size, it was too easy just to serge a couple together for a cosy. Just the thing my frigid feet need when I crawl into bed this time of year, and now I don’t have to warm my toes on David.

  • There is a very cute kids hot water bottle cover pattern in Lucinda Guy’s “And So to Bed”. I haven’t knit it but it is on THE LIST.
    Swapna, hot water bottles need covers so that they don’t burn you. The rubber (or whatever the new fangled ones are made of) doesn’t protect you from the boiling water that you’ve poured inside. So they need a cover so you can stand to have it near your skin.

  • As I’m sure true Anglo-philes such as yourselves know, the British still love their real hot water bottles, or hotties (as we sometimes call them). Chemists sell them here – notably Boots the Chemist, a venerable dispensing institution. The knitting group at Foyles in London spent two weeks, I think, explaining the niceties of hot water bottle usage and cover design to one of our American members! I’ve just finished a rustic, cabled cover myself: http://lechatlunatique.blogspot.com/2007/12/bottom-flap-hot-water-bottle-cover.html. And, PS, I’m doing a virtual advent calendar on my blog to which all are welcome!

  • A knitted ice cube. Interesting !
    Fabo hottie cover ! Every hot water bottle should be so well dressed.

  • My house is like a refrigerator all winter. You’d think I’d get into hotties. Well, I am sort of into hotties, but not this kind. I think I should look into it.

  • Ann, lovely to hear from you amid all these squares. I had forgotten that marshmallow mascot! Uh, ice cube. Whatever. The hot water bottle cover is definitely not as weird as that.

  • Oh come on; tell us what the weirdest was. We won’t tell anyone!!

  • I’m loving this collision of knitting and plastic- It’s not often this plastics engineer heres the word thermoplastic outside of work!

  • Whoops, I meant hears.

  • I have two hot water bottles – and they so need little sweaters. Originally, they were keeping a stray kitty warm in his outdoor home. Even here in southern Ontario, with wool blankets they’d keep him warm all night. Now, my senior puppy loves to lie with one.

  • Okay, this has to be really weird. I was out shopping last night and Chapters had hot water bottles with fancy covers on them and I thought “I could knit one of those”. Careful what you wish for…thanks.

  • Thanks for the leads on cover patterns, everybody. The hotties we use here in snowy New Hampshire came from the Vermont Country Store – now there’s a place with a strange blend of authentic/ironic/tourist venue thing going on. (They’re online, too: vermontcountrystore.com).

  • How could you resist the temptation to knit Neve?
    Or…DID you resist?

  • as a longterm afficionado of the water bottle (yes, I’m 72 at 27) the link for the fashionhot website was the best thing i’ve seen all day!
    floating fish! hearts! transparent hot water bottles! ooooo the technology!

  • Bring on the cramps! (or not)

  • very much in the spirit of MDK — things like hot-water-bottle cozies have so many creative possibilities. i like the girliness of this one, as i do also admire the proper, cable-y ones!! you could do fabulous things with felted sweaters from Value Village, too. my mind reels! lovely dressing-up of function. xo–k

  • I love the hot water bottle cover. Want to make one now.
    Calling Teri Gaudet – are you there Teri? You may like to call into my blog for some good news!

  • The last time I needed to replace my hot water bottle I was in Chapel Hill, NC. I went to the local drug store, only to discover that the only hot water bottle they stocked did double-duty as a douche. I did not want to pay extra for a hot water bottle that had a sordid side (plus tubes and things I had no use for), so I waited until I was back in Winnipeg for Christmas. Up here we can buy hot water bottles that are nice and wholesome and stink of rubber when you fill them. 😉 (And why anyone would want smelly rubber-water down there is beyond me.)
    I need to make myself a nice hot water bottle cozy. I want something snugglier than a spare pillowcase.

  • I have a Restoration Hardware hot water bottle – purchased there when my bought-at-Boots-in-1989-because-my-GOD-is Yorkshire-cold original hot water bottle had a tragic blowout a few years ago and I discovered Restoration Hardware was the ONLY place I could find one at all.
    I have to admit, I am tempted by the goldfish, but its a foolish conceit, given that it would be covered in wool asap. An uncovered bottle BURNS baby.

  • How do you keep your elderly kitty from kneading the hot water bottle and leaving wee punctures, and what do you use to mend the punctures? My bro likes bicycle tube patches, but they don’t work on thermoplastic. I decided long ago that my favorite heating thing was a nice big round rock, or a nice wooly bag full of a lot of little rocks. They don’t leak in your bed when the cat kneads them and he won’t hog it like the rice filled bag from the microwave because it isn’t nice and soft to lay on. It is mighty hard to snuggle a warm rice pack to you back and find sixteen pounds of cat helping it stay there.
    The cosy looks lovely though and I have downloaded the pattern for my mum’s christmas gift.

  • I have found that if you can locate one of those small, semi-independent drugstores, often found within walking distance of the local senior center, a perfectly nice, rubbery-smelling hot water bottle can be purchased for about seven bucks. Which means you can buy fancy-pants yarn and STILL make it in under the Christmas budget.

  • “This was a two-day knit, if you sort of ignore your family and catch up on Project Runway.”
    I completely know what you mean.
    Oh, and I LOVE my hot water bottle but my family taught me that at a young age (we’re English and the English like their hot water bottles!)- its also a possibility that my family was just trying to keep the heater off longer into the winter season by encouraging us to take a hot water bottle to bed?

  • Oh- and to the person wondering what a cover would be needed for- it is meant to protect your skin from the heat (if you put in scalding water, like I do). It probably insulates as well, but I’ve always considered the primary purpose to be avoiding a good burn!

  • I’m rather wishing I had a neck-shaped hot water bottle snugged into a beautiful cozy right now. Mmmmmmm…

  • Hubby suffers from chilly feet sometimes (the curse of the Diabetic), and a hotwater bottle with a handknitted cozy seems like a wonderful idea. The dogs are more fun to cuddle with, but it’s hard to get them to lay in just the right spot to keep your tootsies warm. Do I sense another object being added to my holiday knitting list?

  • Hi Ann,
    Love your hot water bottle – and glad you liked Merino Stripes for it.
    Susan at Crystal Palace

  • I made that cover many years ago and LOVE I
    I use my hot water bottle every winter, or when I have cramps. I think it’s a fab present.

  • I made my mom a hot water bottle cozy for her birthday this fall, using this free pattern:
    And I got the hot water bottle at my local CVS! I’m surprised everyone’s having to go to such lengths to find them. It could be, though, that yesterday I knit the weirdest thing I’ve ever knit: a Peyton-Manning-colored Korknisse. What will they think of next?

  • My mom never leaves home without her hot water bottle…exept this time. Fortunately, I have a couple of those Restoration Hardware ones under the sink…never used…bought full price almost 8 years ago…to be used in place of a heating pad at the homebirth of our first son, in the event that he needed extra warmth. A heating pad was one of the things that the midwife carries with her but, seeing as we didn’t have electicity at the time, it wouldn’t have done any good. Thus, the two H20 bottles, which, by the way, we never needed. That is, until this weekend while my mom’s here visiting.
    Good thing she didn’t bring hers since I’ve already knit a cover for it. My two forgotten-under-the-sink-ones here might have been jealous.