Although the weeks wizz by, and each weekend seems to come round very quickly, I'm still always so very happy when it does come round.
The first seven or so years of my job as an illustrator, I was working seven days a week to earn a crust, and I always longed to have my job be over a five day week, rather than seven. Eventually, it got to the point when I had to slow down, or I'd burn myself out, and I decided to take on less work. Now I take my weekends off, and I have been for a few years, but it's still a novelty. My weekends always feel precious, and I don't think I'll ever think otherwise.
So yes, it's yippee! The weekend is almost here!
Yesterday, I said that I'd show you the mystery item I made for Hen, and that day has arrived.
Did you wonder what it is? I know that some of you thought it might be a bag.
That is, it's not a bag you can put your shopping in.
It could be described loosely as a bag, I suppose, at a stretch................
At a push, you could say it's a bag, you put..........................
Strictly speaking, it's a hot water bottle cover, but you could also say it's a bag for a hottie!
I knitted this Fair Isle hottie cover for Hen, after starting my Fair Isle scarf. I had decided to knit a hottie cover as one of Hen's gifts, but wasn't sure of my pattern, or if it was going to be crocheted or knitted. Once I'd started my scarf, I thought, ah-ha, this is it, Fair Isle for the hottie cover too!
(The scarf is now finished, and waiting to be photographed for your delight, soon, I hope!).
You might wonder why I made more work for myself, by having both sides with different patterns? Well, I just LOVE doing Fair Isle. Love it! It's the never ending surprise element to it. Each new row brings something different to the pattern as a whole, and whilst one row might not be working, once the next row goes in, it seems to sort it out, and come together. Very exciting stuff, in my book.
When the moment came to place the newly purchased hot water bottle in it's newly sewn up cover, (ribbons sewn on to create bows, so that the hottie wouldn't fall out), it felt very final. The moment that cover was finished, was the time to wrap it in tissue paper, and wrapping paper, and add a bow, plus one of my tags, then place it in the bottom of the box of goodies, (which you can see in yesterday's post), to send to Hen. It went in the bottom of the box, so that it would be the last thing Hen would open.
I knitted this cover using my favourite yarn at the moment, Patons diploma gold DK. I love this yarn, it's such good value for money, it's lovely to work with, and there are some fab colours. The four ply is excellent too, I'm using that at the moment, to knit a dress.
I seem to be knitting a lot at the moment, don't I? It used to be crochet, crochet, crochet, now it's knitting, knitting, knitting!
You may be pleased to hear that I wrote down my pattern for the hot water bottle cover, but I want to draw up a chart for you as well, so I don't know how long that will take me.
On Monday, I will be publishing the pattern for my Little Squares Scarf. D'you remember that scarf? Here's a picture, to jog your memory.........
There will be a step-by-step pattern for the little squares, and a separate step-by-step for the sewing up. I'll also do a separate quick pattern, for those of you who know what they're about when it comes to crocheting. (The quick pattern will show a list of yarns and colours too).
Now, something's just sprung to mind. A cool glass of white wine is what's sprung to mind! I'll be off then.
Have a lovely weekend dear readers, take care, and see you on Monday.
Love Vanessa xxx