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19 February 2013

Keeping Cozy

As much as we all wish spring would get sprung, it's not here yet.  But I'm not too sad about that because it's given me reason to make a little something I've been coveting for some time now.  A new cozy cover for my hot water bottle.

As always the inspirations of blogland, and nowadays of Pinterest and Instagram too, have been more than enough to get my appetite for a cute cover well whetted.

 Largely, I hold lovely Vanessa of Coco Rose responsible for these particular desires, as she often seems to have a beautiful hottie or two about the place and each one is as pretty as a picture.

I've also been seeing a lot of cross stitching on crochet floating around and about on the ether so I thought I'd give that a whirl too.

 This was one of those projects that was an absolute joy to make.  Nice chunky yarn (details will follow...) meant it worked up quick as quick and of course, playing with fun additions is always the best bit.

In fact, the hardest part about this was knowing when to stop adding the Fun Additions.  Would another row of cross stitch be ok?  Should there be two roses as well as the cross stitched one?  Pleasantly diverting conundrums though, not a taxing ones.


The only pause I had was when I ran out of yarn about 10 yards away from completion.  I wasn't keen on buying a whole new skien for a matter of meters so I dug out some of the cream aran yarn I used here and doubled that up to finish.  I used it for the shell edging around the top of the opening, I don't think you can really tell do you?  

Yes, I can wait a few more weeks (just a few) for spring to come bouncing forth, just to I can get lots of use out of my new cozy rosie hottie!


Don't worry, I didn't forget.
Here's all the information you might need or want...

Hot Water Bottle:  One I already had, standard size
Hottie Pattern: Coco Roses' Hot Water Bottle Tutorial
Hottie Yarn: 2 x Sirdar Denim Ultra - Ivory Cream (508)
(plus a little Amy Butler Organic Aran)
Hook: 6mm (USA J) So it was nice and tight
Cross Stitch Pattern: Based on a Cath Kidston rose design
Rose and Leaves Pattern: Attic 24's May Roses (inc leaves pattern)
Cross Stitch and Roses/Leaves Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino


S x


43 comments:

  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous ♥ What more can I say :)

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  2. Wow, that's just beautiful!

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  3. What a wonderful hot-water cover - fit for a princess and so romantic! I love the cross-stitch rose and those sweet May Roses! Beautifully done!

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  4. I absolutely LOVE it!! You've done a fantastic job, as always x

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  5. Really beautiful ! It will be in my project list of things I will make in the future. Thanks for the inspiration !

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  6. What a gorgeous cover, so pretty.

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  7. Well... I did not think a hot water bottle could look as gorgeous as that .what a lovely present that would make

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  8. I love it! So pretty and I love the colors you used. I want to make one myself eventually. Probably could make good use of it in the next few days. Another cold spell coming!~Hugs, Patti

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  9. How sweet. I love the round crocheted pillow. Where did u get the pattern?

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  10. Real pretty, looks so soft too Mmmmm
    Karen x

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  11. This is so beautiful, I love it! I love the cross-stitch on crochet too... your amazing! x

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  12. Your hot water bottle cover is just so beautiful. I agree, bogland is a wonderful place for inspiration...
    M xxx

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  13. Gorgeous! I've been eyeballing this pattern and idea too recently. Yours turned out just beautiful.

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  14. That is so pretty and dainty. I have never tried cross stitch. Looks like a lot of work. It seems it is not for you lol. As always Sandra you always make my visit warm and inviting. (being merry with my words lol)

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  15. It's truly gorgeous! I just made one too - it was our homework in a Learn-to-Crochet class I'm taking at the moment. But I love all the embellishments you've added. Going to hop over to Attic 24 now and learn how to make leaves!
    xx

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  16. It's very pretty. I've never had a hot water bottle but if I did I would make a cozy for it too. :)

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  17. Sandra it's brilliant :D Beautiful pattern and colours - it reminds me of these hats http://easymakesmehappy.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/free-crochet-pattern-cross-stitch-hat.html :)

    It's difficult to know where to stop but I think you got it just right. And I wish spring would hurry up too, although the last few days have been lovely :)

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  18. Felicidades, una maravilla.
    Mañana hablo de tus mitones en mi blog. Me resultó curioso y valiente que "cortaras"

    Saludos.

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  19. O what a coincidence! Last week I've also made a hot water bottle with Lucy's May Roses! I adore yours with the embroidered rose on it! Liefs Else

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  20. That looks really lovely! I love the details-fresh and cheerful :-)

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  21. So pretty! I don't have a hot water bottle, but we do have a electric hot pad that could use a new cover:)

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  22. so cosy, so beautiful!!!!
    xxx Ale

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  23. It's so pretty! Too bad we don't really use water bottles here in the States. This makes me want to get one!

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    1. Thanks :D Yes, you need one! Don't they have them over there? I though you guys got everything!!

      S x

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  24. It's absolutely beautiful Sandra!
    xx

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  25. A beautifully stylish way to warm up on cold winter nights! It makes me want to snuggle up with a cup of tea and watch Pride & Prejudice :-) Thanks so much for sharing your creation.

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    1. Thanks so much Leisa and yes, with Pride and Prejudice, that would be perfection indeed, I agree.

      S x

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  26. Wow,

    I love your blog!

    Grtz,

    Haakhaakdedy.blogspot.nl

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  27. Fabulous hot water bottle cover. You could personalise it with virtually any cross stitch motif. Brilliant !

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  28. Very cute!
    The circular cushion in the background is lovely - Please could you tell me where I can get the pattern?

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    1. Hi Anon,

      I had no other way of contacting you, so I hope you read this. I posted about the circular cushion here: http://sandra-cherryheart.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/coming-to-close.html, you'll find the pattern link on that post :)

      S x

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  29. Как мило!!! Такие вещи согревают не только человека, но и душу!!! Очень хочется разглядывать столь милые вещицы. Цветочки и вышивка крестиком - изумительны!!!Спасибо, что радуете нас своими творениями!!! :)

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  30. This is a lovely project. My sister in law is obssessed with hot water bottles (in fact anything that keeps her warm!) so I think I will make her one for her birthday. Thanks for sharing all the details with us. Lily. xxx

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  31. So beautiful Sandra! I love it!! I really need to get a hot water bottle, so I can make one!! Happy weekend to you! xo Heather

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  32. Aaawwww this project is amazingly cute and lovely, it makes me want to leave everything I'm doing and go on the sofa with needle and yarn! I was already following your IG (and love it) but I just found out your blog and it's so so so pretty! I love all the colours you use, your crafts and your pics are so cheery and happy.
    Thanks for sharing all this beauty with us.

    hugs
    federica

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  33. It is sooo gorgeous Sandra, I love it. The cross stitch and crochet rose and leaves finish it beautifully. Wendy x

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  34. This is lovely! I have the most hideous hot water bottle cover and would love to make something like this to replace it :)

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