I started this little buddy because... well because all the cool kids were doing it, frankly. This was one hundred percent, unabashedly, product crafting. Putting him together was essentially constructing a 3-D puzzle where I was building the pieces as I added them in. Once I got a groove on, it was ridiculously fun.
The main reason I didn't finish this back in 2013 (other than my innate propensity for getting bored and wandering off) was that I was worried I would run out of the Knit Picks Shine Sport I was using to crochet him up. (Remember the Granny Halter I did? The one inspired by my buddy Erin? This was an attempt to use up the scraps from that stash-busting project.)
Anyway, I was right, I wouldn't have had enough. So I stopped right there at two back legs and an octo-butt (you've seen that picture like three times, so I won't re-post it here) and I ordered some more colors. I tried to find things from the current color line that would look good with the colors I already had. If you know anything about how colors change from season to season, you'll know that was more challenging than it should have been.
Anyway, I packed the Hippo Hind-quarters up and waited impatiently for Knit Picks to send my new colors. Mind you that was back in 2013.
|Hippopampatus of Love|
Fickle, thy name is crafter!
Long story... still pretty long, I read back through the instructions about a week into February, and started really busting it out.
|Dat Booty, Though!|
|The minute I finished the kids started arguing |
over who got to cuddle him first.
I'll do a February is for Finishing wrap-up post later this week, but I really thought that Maurice needed his own post.