Sunday, October 30, 2011

Crafts :: Pattern Review and Giveaway

Good Morning!

Earlier this year, Madelyn and I played around with soft toy design. I came up with what I thought (lol) was a cute owl pattern, and she designed this most adorable hippo (as well as several other designs that are in the various stages of pattern creation). I got a copy of  the Henrietta Hippo pattern when it first came out and whipped up a couple right away. Madelyn's pattern writing style makes it very easy to follow along to make your very own cute little hippo. I tried one in felted wool (a thrift store scarf that I washed in hot water and put in the dryer) and another in cotton. I much prefer working with the felt for this particular project. It was so nice not to have to worry about raw edges at all! And, it makes for a cozier softy.

If you're a fan of the cute, why not head over to Madelyn's etsy shop, 529 Mason Street! There are always a few patterns in the shop! Once you've made your own little hippo, you can add it to the Flickr group as well.

Let's show the hippo some love! Madelyn is giving away 3 Henrietta Hippo patterns on my blog this week! To enter, all you have to do is visit 529 Mason Street and add the shop as a favourite then come back here and leave a comment. Tweet and/or share this giveaway on Facebook for extra entries. Be sure to leave another comment letting me know!

Here's the hippos I made... chilling out on their handmade quilt.

If you're into knitting, Madelyn has also designed an adorable newborn Owlet Beanie pattern! This one's a freebie over on Ravelry! I made one of these as well, and found the pattern to be well written and easy to follow... and just so stinkin' cute!
The contest will close on Friday November 4 sometime between supper and craft night! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! I'm still drinking lots of meyer lemon tea with honey and trying to get over a nasty cold.

*** And, the winners are... Gladys and Amy! Congratulations! We'll be in touch by email. ***



  1. I love your Contest and
    I love 'Henrietta Hippo' !!!

    I have so many Tartan remnants.. I can just picture the Hippos that I shall make - all lined up .. perhaps on Etsy.


  2. Just wanted to say you have a great site and thanks for posting!…

  3. Thanks for the informative article, it was a good read and I hope its ok that I share this with some facebook friends. Thanks.

  4. Oh my goodness!! These are so cute. I literally made an audible "aw" sound.

  5. Thanks, Reeve! My friend makes good patterns!