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