yarn along - little men and jo's boys

I'm still wending my way through Louisa May Alcott, helped along now by a cozy companion...


I based my HWB cover on these guidelines (inspired by this picture), but left the bottom open so I can wash it. My favorite place to keep a hot water bottle is at my feet, after all, so I figured I should keep my options open.

The bottom stays secure with a couple of buttons, but I think it would be just fine without them, since the edges curve in a bit.


It feels a bit Scandinavian to me, with the red, pink, and white threads, the cross-stitching, and of course, the warmth. It really falls into my favorites category for crochet projects.

And I just love how it matches the pink slippers my future in-laws got me for Christmas. (I feel like I'm walking on a memory foam mattress all the time.)


Linking up with Ginny. Happy Wednesday!


  1. Little Men is my FAVORITE book. I love love love it. Jo's Boys is pretty wonderful, too, no?

    I love that hot water bottle cover- it's so cute!

  2. So pretty and cosy. I have to say I love the strawberry photo for your blog header.
    Ali x

  3. Oh a hot water bottle! I haven't seen one of those since I was a kid. I never thought about how lovely that would be on cold feet on a winter's night! Very cute cover too! makes it more cozy.

  4. I have some rice mittens that I heat up in the microwave then throw into bed before climbing in. I bet this big warmer feels great on your feet!

  5. Hey! I managed to totally miss your engagement thanks to the craziness of Christmas and then I couldn't comment on your post about J's watch. Anyway... eeeeeeeeeeee!!!! SO EXCITING! I just know that your wedding day is going to be super cute.

    PS. I love my hot water bottles. Yup. I take two to bed. Our bedroom is freezing cold thanks to the single glazed windows from 1745.

  6. Oh my GOODNESS those are so cute. And that first picture makes me want to crawl into bed and snuggle up with a good book!

  7. Oh my Goodness - you knitted this cover???!!!
    It's absolutely amazingly beautiful ;)
    You have great talent my girl :)

  8. LOVE your HWB cover!! It's the sweetest thing ever - and you're right - it totally has a Scandinavian feel. xox

  9. Clair! I LOVE your hot water bottle covers! BEAUTIFUL! Do you sell them?? (I realllyyy wish I knew how to knit!)

    My sister and I both just got hot water bottles for Christmas and my aunt ended up getting us covers on Amazon and she was really disappointed.. they were made with cheap-ish fabric and funky designs, but I suppose they do the trick. I'm not too picky hehe

    1. Oh gosh, it would be a dream to make my money by crocheting and selling. =) Unfortunately, I'm pretty slow, so I never have enough inventory to sell.

  10. Keep doing it, you have such a SKILL!!! I can totally see them on Esty or a craft fair.. love love love

  11. Hello! This is my first time on your blog, but I am glad that this post was my introduction! I absolutely thing these covers are adorable. I always love jazzing up "ordinary" objects with a creative touch here and there. Makes something as simple as a hot water bottle look personalized and fancy! Great work!


Thanks for making me smile. =)