New Project!

Hi Everyone!  Welcome Back!

I’m starting a new project today.  Well, I’m practicing a new skill to start a new project hopefully next week.  Tomorrow is our last day of school for the year (huzzah! excelsior!) and I’ll need something to keep my hands busy until the end of July.

So of course, because I’m a sucker for adorable animals, I have chosen to make a stuffed Hippopotamus.  This Happy Hippo pattern from Heidi Bears is gorgeous, but it’s crochet, not knit. Sigh.


I haven’t done crochet since I was a child when my Uncle taught me.  He taught himself how when he wanted to quit smoking as something to keep his hands busy.  When my parents and I were visiting, about every hour or so, Uncle Charlie would get up and say “Time for a yarn break,” and grab his project out of the basket next to the couch.  I think he made everyone in our family an afghan before I graduated from high school.  My mom still uses hers every night to snuggle up while watching Dancing With the Stars.

Unfortunately, he taught me how to chain in a single line until the end of time, but never how to do any of the stitches.  The best I ever made was a jump rope.  And now I want to make a hippo. 🙂

So far I’m breaking the flower pattern down into 3 steps.  I did step 1 (the center of the flower) over and over this evening until I was happy (ish) with the result.  In my glow of optimism, I’m hoping a good night’s sleep will solidify my muscle memory and tomorrow’s attempts will be even better (finger’s crossed…).

Oh! Question:  I am struggling trying to figure out a way to hold the yarn to keep tension.  Any suggestions?  I’m up for any tips or tricks!

Until next time friends!

<3, Olivia 🙂

P.S.  I hope to have photos of the blanket I knitted in the Projects section soon!  My wonderful boyfriend snapped a few photos and I’ll post them ASAP. 😀



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Hi there!  My name is Olivia and I like to make things!  I also like to watch things and talk about it!  I also like exclamation points! (Sorry, I will try to calm myself…I’m just so excited!)

I think it’s super cool that you’re here, reading my blog.  I’m big into knitting and other yarn crafts right now (it’s how I unwind from my work day where I am a Teaching Assistant working with autistic middle schoolers) and I’m sure I will be writing about my projects a lot.

I also hope to encourage you, my dear reader, to try a hobby that can make you happy. 🙂  I used to be so fearful of trying something new, or not being perfect at something the very first time and I’m still working through that by telling myself, “Hey! I don’t need to be perfect the first time!”  I’m always telling my kiddos (the students) and it’s high time I start taking my own advice.

I chose knitting a few years ago because, honestly, I didn’t know anyone else who was doing it and, therefore, couldn’t compare myself (and my beginner’s flaws) to anyone’s already perfect stitches.

Knitting was my gateway drug, so to speak.  In practicing and getting better, I have encouraged myself to try new things (or try some old things again.)  I’ve gotten back into sketching and now I’m writing a blog!  (Five-year-ago Olivia would be shocked.)

So for my first post I would like to encourage you, dear reader, to try something creative you have always wanted to do.  Let this be your invitation to not be perfect the first, second, fortieth time you try and just enjoy what you’re doing.

In other news, I’ve just finished up my first knitted baby blanket for another teacher at my school (happy dance – it’s done!!!) and I will start my next blog post with my new super exciting project.  I look forward to reading about your interests in the comments and if anyone has considered knitting, let me know!  I can answer some of your questions! (Starting out can be very overwhelming….)

Until next time!

<3, Olivia 🙂