Meet Hieronymus, the happy hippy hippo

This blog is (supposed to be) about knitting and crochet for the home. Hence that bonkers, never-again-even-if-you-paid-me stained glass window afghan. (In case you’re wondering, I’m currently sitting on the aforementioned afghan, and it’s also liberally adorned with toddler porridge, Thomas The Tank Engine stickers, and assorted toys. Is nothing sacred in this house?? NOTHING?!)Β Β And hence the even more over-ambitious projects I’ve got planned for elsewhere in this old brewery.


You know that feeling a girl gets, sometimes? That I-must-crochet-a-floral-hippo feeling? Well, last week I got that feeling, and I got it bad. Here is the result. People, meet Hieronymus. Hieronymus, meet people:-

Crocheted hippo

Crocheted hippo

And again:-

Hippo on tour

Hippo on tour

…And again:-

Yup, it's a hippy hippo.

Yup, it’s a hippy hippo.

And finally, with me and the Stoic Spouse and the Toddler Twinnage on board:-

TheTwistedYarn on tour

TheTwistedYarn on tour

You want the pattern, yes? It’s the Happypotamus by Heidi Bears. Easily searchable on Ravelry, or PM me if you have trouble finding it. Heidi Bears also does a rather beautiful frog.

By the way, until I stuffed it, the Stoic Spouse said it resembled road kill. I would like you all to know that I am no longer on speaking terms with the Stoic Spouse.


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72 Responses to Meet Hieronymus, the happy hippy hippo

  1. Gorgeous hippo; love the color choices! I was hoping your hippo would be of the Happypotamus pattern…I’m almost thinking about making one myself.

  2. Ooh I want one of those… because my house is not full enough of stuff already… add it to the list, but need to make a dragon first, Already have a Loch Ness Monster.
    Hehe… my blog is supposed to be about sustainability, but seems to have got into a knitting and crochet rut recently!

  3. How utterly brilliant πŸ™‚

  4. Your writing is fabulous, made me giggle lots. Hippo, obviously is gorgeous too x

  5. So, I hope you’re satisfied. Now I feel like I’m really going to HAVE to learn to crochet because that is the finest hippo I’ve ever seen!

  6. Very cute! I bet the twinnage loves it!

  7. How cute!! I love it πŸ™‚

  8. Stoic spouse can now buy lots of yarn. That’s how it works in my marriage.

  9. I’m pretty sure this is the greatest thing I’ve seen all week.

  10. Love, love the hippo!!! Great job!!

  11. ourworldheritagebe

    Very, very, very, very, very cute. Did I mention it was cute? πŸ™‚

  12. This is just hippo-splendipholisley beautifully beautiful…me want me want πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  13. Oooh this is a beautiful hippo!

  14. I love reading your Blog, I have nominated you for the Liebster Award! πŸ™‚

  15. How dare he say such a thing! It’s absolutely quirkily adorable! I wonder which twin will take to it? Or they might fight over it? Delightful.

  16. Hello Hieronymus!! you look a friendly, happy hippo!
    How dare stoic spouse compare to road kill!!! Think the idea of now making him buy yarn for next project is an excellent one!

  17. Female Bystander

    So beautiful! No wonder it’s a happy hippo! πŸ™‚

  18. hello! I nominated you for a Liebster Award award, you can read more about it here:
    Thanks for the blog, I love reading it! LGLx

  19. annie

    Love it! The post and the hippo made me smile. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  20. so cute. I love this pattern. I’m doing my first Hippo right now. Just finished all the small octa-, penta-, hexa- and heptagons…

  21. how cute! I’ve even got the pattern!. But crocheting isn’t my strongest passion…

  22. Oh dear. Another pattern that I absolutely must have. He looks fantastic πŸ™‚

  23. This is amazing. I don’t really crochet or make toys, but I could maybe make an exception here…

  24. OMG ! I thought I will not see you crocheting for a month more after your marathon masterpiece πŸ™‚ But here you are with another wonderful creation. do you know, you inspire envy in others (me I mean ) ? I now can understand why Stoic Spouse called your lovely hippo a road kill πŸ˜€
    Your Hieronymus is just too adorable !

    • Awwwww, thank you! This project was so much fun that I hardly did anything else for the week I was making it. Trivial activities like eating/sleeping/caring-for-children went out of the window!

  25. Loving it!! I want to do it but I am always afraid of the motif works… too many ends to wind up!

  26. Gorgeous. I am glad you got that inescapable, must make a hippo feeling.

  27. He’s truly fantastic but the comment from Stoic Spouse is absolutely priceless!!

  28. Amazing work! I am in awe of your craft skills!

  29. Oh my, you have the most wonderful ideas! He is just adorable! Makes me want to search the crochet hook…

  30. What a happy hippo, he made me smile. Clever you to have the patience and time with a busy family.

  31. Jade

    What made you the hippo “Hironymus”? I am looking for a book a grew up reading called Hironymus the Hippopotamus and am having a hard time finding it. Would love to have it for my children.

    Thank you.

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