My friend Barbara, who can make anything and make it beautifully, gave me a gorgeous handmade hot water bottle cover for Christmas. I believe she made it from a Welsh blanket. I should really have photographed it a month ago because it’s beginning to look a little ‘loved’ – but that only makes it all the more precious to me.
If you’re like me, you can’t possibly go to bed at this time of the year without a hot water bottle. Or a hottie, as it’s usually known in my family. For some reason, my husband calls it a bot-bot, but that’s just plain wrong. It’s a hottie or, if you’re feeling a little bit frivolous, a hottle-bottle. But never a bot-bot. Perish the thought.
Anyway, on the off chance that you don’t have a crafty friend like Barbara, I thought I’d share some of my favourite hot water bottle covers available in shops and online:
Here’s a beautiful hand-knitted cover from Ageeta. It can be made in a variety of colours and patterns, but this one would be my pick:
And a lovely cotton-linen Corsica cover from étoile home:
And here’s a stunning classic 100% cashmere cable-knitted cover from Plum & Ivory:
Or what about a luxurious velvet quilted cover? These lovelies are from Graham and Green:
And here are some more beautiful hand-knitted covers. First this one from Seven Gauge Studios:
Or this one from Catherine Tough:
Or perhaps this lovely fairisle cover from Papa Stour. I love the ruffle:
Papa Stour also has another of my favourites, this felted jacquard cover:
For something a little less cuddly, what about these very tasteful lightly-quilted linen covers from Volga Linen:
Or these cheerful flowery printed covers from Alison Capeling:
Or this pretty V&A collection cover, available at Argos:
Or what about a slinky silk cover like this ivory one from Made in Silk:
And for those days when you just can’t bring yourself to get out of bed and face the day, there’s always this one, available from The Gifted Penguin: