The yellow pictures are of a prototype for a hot/cold gel pack cover. I keep these gel pack thingies in the freezer and I use them for aches and pains instead of ice. It's not as great a discovery as the day they allowed ibuprofen to be sold over the counter and my menstrual cramps were finally tolerable, no. But, they do work pretty well. There is one size that won't stay in a towel which means it won't stay on my ankle or wherever else. I needed to sew myself a couple of covers. Seeing as how I don't seem to sew anymore, I decided to knit! Plus, there are some gorgeous cablely designs on Ravelry of hot water bottle covers for more inspiration. I tried lots of different things for the shoulders and the bind off on the bottom, but it is the side edges where I experimented the most. I wanted the sides to be firm enough to keep the gel pack from sliding around or mooshing up. Overall, the gauge was a little too tight and the cozy a tad small. This is Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece from my stash.
I learned a number of things, then went ahead with my holiday plan. I bought some more gel packs from the chiropractor and made cozies to cover them for my achy breaky friends and fambly. Did I use what I learned and come out with a pattern or formula of some kind? Guess. At the last minute, I ended up giving the prototype to my friend Steve's mom. She's a knitter, so I can only laugh when I think about her looking this over and wondering what the hell I was thinking. Yet, it looks ok, it's washable, and it functions well. Actually, I'm waiting to hear about how well they function, because I don't have one.
I have several other goodies, including opk (other people's knitting) that I will be posting in the days to come.