I posted my hottie off to Cam yesterday, just in time for the Thursday cut off date this week for the 2013 Hottie Challenge! It was not an easy road!!! I planned to whip up some wee granny squares, seamlessly join them into a hot water bottle cover and send it on it's way within days. Except those little squares take longer than you think. Sewing in those pesky ends was painful. Seamlessly joining teeny squares is not straightforward and if I dared to show you the other side of my work you would die laughing at how messy it looked!
My first attempt at joining them made all the wee squares stick up like bubbles. It was annoying and frustrating since they are so fidgety to put together!
So of course I pulled them all apart and let them sit on the desk in my craftroom for a month!
When I attempted it again it was with a calmer frame of mind and a looser hand and hook! I may also have sat some heavy books on top of it all to flatten it down a wee bit (a very technical crochet process!!!). I left the top and bottom open so it could potentially fit a real hot water bottle and be used for what it was intended for!
(still a bit to pouffy for my liking!)
On the back is a plain white granny stripe right up to the neck. I slip stitched the front and back together inside out so all the messy bits are nicely hidden away before I turned it back out to the right side!
I'm happier with the finished product than I thought I would be. I love the colours and I think it looks a wee bit like a granny square blanket that your nanna might have made you... soft, squishy, cosy and warm. Just what you need in a hot water bottle cover!
To see some beautiful, super creative hot water bottle covers pop over to Curlypops blog or instagram feed and search under #hottiechallenge2013.
All hot water bottle covers will be displayed at Opendrawer's Gallery from Friday July 5th to Sunday July 28th. The address is 1158 Toorak Road, Camberwell in Victoria. They are then sold to raise money for the Margaret Pratt Foundation Heart Lung Transplant Trust.
*giant doily cork board from Typo