A friend at work is due to leave on maternity leave in a couple of weeks. I hadn’t given her anything yet so when I saw this very cute hippo on ravelry, I decided I should make it for her.
She doesn’t know if she’s having a boy or girl, but that doesn’t matter because I don’t do the whole blue for boys, pink for girls thing. I picked up a dark and light purple, and a dark and light teal. With some cream for the background. The pattern says to use sock yarn, but I’d been eyeing up this shiny DK cotton for a while now wanting an excuse to use the pretty colours, so that’s what I got, and just went up a hook size or two.
The pattern also says to make all the coloured motifs then start to assemble them using your join colour. Well, I started to do that, and that’s when the OCD kicked in. I’ve always believed that all scientists have a touch of OCD, and I’m no exception. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view), that OCD doesn’t spill over into my housekeeping skills. Anyway, my OCD made me realise that I couldn’t make all the motifs first as I would need to pay attention to colour placement on the hippo. But I’ve got to say that in this case, my OCD payed off. I really like his blue and purple stripes.
Since I’m often not one to follow instructions, I also decided to stuff the body before moving on to the neck and head. And boy am I glad I did. It doesn’t look like stuffing it from the nose would be all that easy to do. I’m really happy with how he’s turning out and how quickly he’s coming together, especially as it’s been a while since I crocheted.
And now on to the housekeeping…
Thanks for using the poll from my last post. Looks like everyone is managing to comment ok, except Laura. So I’ll leave Sweet Captcha installed, as it seems to be doing a decent job of blocking troublemakers like Laura But since I quite like Laura’s brand of trouble, I’ve created a door for her. So Laura, here are your instructions (you may have tried this already and it wasn’t working – I fixed a bug in Sweet Captcha’s code this morning so now it will): log in with the username and password I emailed you the other day. Now you can comment without being asked to answer the puzzle.