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gotta knit
07-09-2008, 02:52 PM
I'm still undecided about the baby blanket I need to knit and need your opinions. Is Spencer the Elephant Baby adorable or too silly to give as a gift?

07-09-2008, 02:54 PM
Taste in this type of thing is so subjective, and you know the folks this is intended for. Since you asked, though, I don't like it much. May be just a 'me' thing though.

07-09-2008, 02:56 PM
Don't hate me for saying this but, he looks like he's hung over to me. Something about the eyes. It's not my favorite. I think a more traditional one would be better, that way it's more heirloom.

gotta knit
07-09-2008, 03:19 PM
Thanks for the quick responses, and your honesty. I totally understand what you're saying, I was actually leaning towards something like feather & fan.

The reason I'm considering this instead, is I found out they're decorating the baby room in a jungle animal theme. I can picture a 2-yr old walking around with this, and it being a loved blankie. I'd make it light grey with dark grey trim though, the pink is a bit much (and what if it's a boy?!).

Please continue with your initial, honest opinions.

07-09-2008, 04:06 PM
i personally love the elephant blanket bc it is just adorable
but, i am working on a white baby blanket in a fans and laces pattern and it looks amazing so, go with what you think!

07-09-2008, 04:07 PM
I think he is cute...

But I do have to agree with Debkcs, it is all subject to taste. I think if the person receiving it has the baby room decked out in Elephant...go for it...otherwise...there are plenty of nice patterns that might go better...

07-09-2008, 04:17 PM
I like it... it's cute! But I can see how others wouldn't. So I'd go with what you think the parents would like the best.

07-09-2008, 04:29 PM
Spencer's adorable! Especially if you did him in gray and he was sitting in a jungle room. Now, I really, really love elephants, so take that into consideration. How many kids carry their baby blankets around for years as a "security blanket"? I think Spencer would be a great security blanket - I could see him more in that role for a 3 year old than a traditional baby blanket, actually.

07-09-2008, 04:49 PM
I don't much like it. The trunk doesn't look like it is fastened down except on the tip. This might be a concern if the child gets it wrapped around his neck. I personally I like the Feather and Fan.

07-09-2008, 05:25 PM
It's not my favorite...... But do what you think the parents would like.

Maybe if you don't know for sure, you could do a more traditional blanket in a really non tradition "jungle" color.

Jan in CA
07-09-2008, 06:49 PM
I don't really like it. I prefer more traditional things, but I do like bright colors for babies and children.

07-10-2008, 09:47 AM
I think it's cute, especially if the parents are doing a jungle theme, but I agree with most, it would depend on the parents' taste. I know I have one couple who would absolutely love this for their child, but another couple who would probably disown me, so it all depends.

07-10-2008, 07:05 PM
I think he is cute! I can definitely see him being a toddlers blankie that is carried around everywhere. You know the parents and what they would or wouldn't like, just trust your instincts!

07-11-2008, 08:33 AM
I can see your point about the elephant theme in the room, but I don't think Spencer is a particularly cute or adorable looking example of an elephant. As others have said, its a subjective thing, but to my mind just the fact that he's an elephant wouldn't mean I'd knit him for a jungle room. For me, he'd have to look the RIGHT elephant and have a bit of artistic appeal too.

I'd prefer a traditionally shaped blanket, in modern styling - no lace stitches - and plenty of well combined colours.

If you wanted to make something with the elephant theme, there's a cute elephant toy in "Last Minute Knitted Gifts".

07-11-2008, 09:51 AM
Given that you said the room is being done in a jungle motif, it may be a cute addition. Maybe there is a compromise....could you find an elephant picture and load it here: http://www.microrevolt.org/knitPro/to get a graph and stitch the elephant image into a blanket?

Jan in CA
07-11-2008, 11:54 AM
Just saw that the room is a jungle theme. Maybe you could knit a cute animal or two.
giraffe (http://www.christinelandry.com/?cat=8)
elephant (http://www.christinelandry.com/?cat=6)
monkey (http://www.save-on-crafts.com/motoymoknpru.html)

I know the book Animal Knits by Zoe Mellor (http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/157076249X/105-7559374-5954058?SubscriptionId=1YZR91QYB6WCG3PM78G2) has a blanket with animals in it. I can't find a preview though. I saw it on Ravelry.

07-11-2008, 12:04 PM
so i am in th eminority again then. i love the elephant. its wacky and just down my street. but as th eothers have said its personal taste. i can be a bit off th ewall most of the time hebce i love the eyes etc. but i wouldnt do that for a baby. i'd give it as a joke to an adult.