After a couple weeks of steadily plugging away at this toy, she is finished! In my head, I call her Harriet, the Hippo. Something about alliteration when naming an animal - I can't help myself....
Anyway - this toy was made for my sister. Specifically, made to match her bedspread and room at Mom's house. C & Mom made a bedspread for her bed a few years back and instead of quilting it, they chose to tie it with yarn. They had almost 2 whole balls of yarn left over. I saw them sitting on the counter one day and thought to myself, I know the perfect project for that yarn! (The whole time thinking of Susan B. Anderson's Hippo pattern.) Now, remember, at this point I didn't yet know what the yarn was from, who it was for, or what it's purpose was. It's just that any time I see yarn now, I immediately start thinking of what that yarn is destined to become....(oh no...it's starting to happen to me too! I've heard about this on Ravelry....lol)
Anyway - C & Mom then told me it was leftover from the bedspread and C asked if I knew anything that it could be made into to match her room. So...Hippo it was!
I have to admit, though, I was less than psyched to work with this yarn. After having knit with it for about 5 minutes, it started to scratch my fingers. It felt rough and scratchy. It's 100% wool, which I was excited about, but usually the wool I use is much softer. In the end, though, the yarn and color was perfect for this project. It striped beautifully! And although it's hard to tell in the pictures, it's a shimmery, shiny purple. I used some pink dk KnitPicks yarn I had leftover from a hat. This yarn had a destiny. :)
Harriet is a simple girl, not much for frills. She enjoys spending time in the garden among the flowers, basking in the sun. Or relaxing on a nice cool day. I hope C enjoys her as much as I do.