January 30, 2018

30 stitches

Hello friends!

Glad you are here to find out about the cute little project I managed to finish today! It's my second, actually, the first one was done last night! - my oldest daughter owns it already! I started a small green owl from soft, silky cotton yarn, and I had to suddenly put down my work and shot the first picture cuz the morning light was way too good on it. They were at that time, 30 stitches on the round.

I was fascinated about crochet for a long time and also always amazed with those teeny tiny toys, or as they are called "amigurumi". Some helpful tips and "hacks" one can find on a simple search around the web, lots of  wonderful, captivating blogs generously giving their easy to follow step by step tutorials along with beautiful pictures or videos.

Last night I searched images for "crochet key chain owl " ...wow!
An explosion of wonderful work around the world, many people happily making all kinds of colorful, joyful, some dancing owlies, from everywhere!! I must be honest, being tempted to have one myself, I put together few ideas, so my version now is this little one!

For the body, I liked the start from here , somehow the shape and the different color idea for the head from this blog, and the wings from this collage. Just to see how it's suppose to look like, and then find the right stitches to do it...

Here's the left wing attached
and ready to be put on the right wing...

The eyes inside has the plastic well fixed with those metalic claws.
the eyes waiting to be fixed all around with a light stitch. They look so real!

Finally, my owl has legs, each are a three in a row picots finished in the start stitch.
I sewed a swivel trigger snap hook and I had a charm for my purse!(but only for the time I took the pictures, right after that, it "flew" to my youngest's!! and is hanging now on her backpack!)

I am sure I'll make more of these, and that each will be slightly different from one to another.
But today, after I finished this guy I could finally start the hot cup cozies for Valentine's Day.
For those, I began to get ready days earlier, doing a few small pieces of cross stitch hearts. I had the diagrams and charts for these from old books like  "The ultimate cross stitch companion", "500 Flowers and Animals Cross Stitch Design" and a few old Romanian designs, completed for sure with some images from Internet and at the end, getting inspired by the nicely packaged candy hearts already on the stores. 

Crafting time finalized with this:

I'll keep working on these cozies so that they're done before Valentine's Day.
I found them a thoughtful gift for the loved ones. Wish me luck!

Happy sewing, happy crafting!

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