WIP Wednesday-3rd January 2018

How exciting to be writing my first WIP post of the new year! One of my WIPs is actually a finished object now, but my second WIP is a kind of ‘partner in crime’ to it so I’m not posting a photo of it until they are both complete.

The first WIP (the now finished one) was a hot water bottle cover for me. I had a tonne of yarn left from my blooming flower cushion so I decided to push the boat out and make more coordinating accessories. I went for a relatively simple free pattern using stripes, and it has worked out quite nicely. I used all four colours from the cushion in roughly equal amounts to keep it fairly balanced, but chose duck egg blue for joining. I have no idea what this stitch is called, but it’s a free pattern from Ravelry.


Mr C then decided he wanted a cover for his hot water bottle too. I didn’t want to make an identical one, so I showed him some photos of stitches and he quite liked block stitch. I’ve chosen graphite (darker grey) as the colour for the double crochet stitches, and I will use it for joining and for the top part of the cover. Hopefully that will give it more of a masculine feel too. I am dreading sewing in the ends and will most probably deal with them in stages so that it isn’t too painful.So far I quite like how the stitch looks, although I think my tension on the double crochets leaves a little to be desired as there are a few unsightly gaps. Hopefully this will improve as I go along as I only started it this evening.


I aiming to have completed both covers in the next week or so, although Santa got me a new toy (a Silhouette Cameo 3!) and I have been exploring the possibilities of things I can make with that too. (A blog post on that is coming up!)

What are you working on? Have you started a new project for the new year? I’d love to hear, I’m on Instagram too @craftandothercrazyplans if you want to share on there.

38 thoughts on “WIP Wednesday-3rd January 2018

  1. #1 son will be 51 on the 17th and my great nephew is on the 18th…oh goodness can’t remember his age but it must be around 10 or so. Then, myself and I on the 25th but that is a secret . LOl
    Love all your hand work…so busy you are.

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  2. They both look like very beautiful stitches and I am sure that the final result will look great! I haven’t started anything new this year yet as I am not feeling well right now and I also have several WIP-s still left to finish.

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  3. I love the look of the stitch on your hot water bottle. They look like little birds or leaves to me. I’ve downloaded the pattern now from the link. It’s funny how the stitches don’t look so defined in the pattern. I love how yours looks, and the colour combination. I’m currently dithering with my crochet! I have 3 wips but really I want to start to make a sheep from some wool from my stitching santa parcel. This means I actually crocheting nothing at all… Which is silly! That said, I’ve been sewing lots, which I’ll blog about today as I’ve made things for my blogiversary giveaway!

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  4. I love it! I’m still at the dish cloth stage. I’m not sure why but I find it really hard to get my head around. This year I really want to learn how to make one of those crochet squares. I figured if I know how to make one I could make lots, sew them together and, voila, a blanket….maybe I am reaching too high πŸ™‚

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  5. Beautiful stitches on both water bottle covers and I just love those colors as I did on your cushion. I am soooo jealous that you received a Silhouette for Christmas! I have been wanting one, but haven’t heard too much about it personally. I can’t wait to hear all about it; ie how you like it, is it easy to use and seeing what you create with it.

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  6. Oh I love the idea of a hot water bottle cover! I’ve never used a hot water bottle before, but one sounds delicious to go on my feet at the moment. πŸ™‚
    Your crochet is lovely- the stitch, the colors, everything. I recently learned to crochet and while I am more familiar with knitting, I can’t say which craft I enjoy more!


  7. Loving both patterns Mrs C.. and Happy 2018 to you and your family. and they are coming along nicely πŸ™‚
    I also enjoy your previous post, and yes the rain, snow etc has left many places soggy to say the least.. Wishing you well with all of your intentions for 2018.. Hugs Sue xxx

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