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Two months ago I made a post about a panda bear pattern I had created for my ETSY shop, a cute little amigurumi crocheted with regular acrylic yarn. I enjoyed that project so much,  I thought it would be fun to try a different version of the panda using the same pattern but with a type of yarn that would give it some fur. Both versions are cute, but the result is so different that it doesn’t look like it was made from the same pattern.

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the second version of the Panda, so fuzzy!

The first version was made with Caron Simply Soft, which is labeled as a medium weight #4, and 100% acrylic. It is quite small for a yarn of that category, I usually end up with smaller plushes when I use Caron.

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the first version of the panda

You can really tell the difference in size. The first version of the panda is about 5.5 inch tall, the other one is 7 inch. I used the same 2.75mm crochet hook for both plushes without any alterations in the rounds, but the yarns I used for my second panda are thicker, hence the result.

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Big fuzzy panda and its little acrylic version.

I used two different brands of yarn to crochet the fuzzy panda. I usually prefer to work with the same brand on one project when I need different colors but in this case I couldn’t find both in the same collection so I settled for Butter Cream Angel Air in black, and Yarn Bee Tender Touch in white. The black yarn is 50% Acrylic, 28% Nylon and 22% Wool. The white yarn is 100% acrylic but still has a fuzzy feel to it, which is what I needed to create fur.

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In order to create the fur, I gently brushed each parts of the panda with a pet brush before sewing the parts together. I think it is better to brush after the parts are stuffed with fiberfill, otherwise you might end up with stretched parts (it happened to me the first time I tried this method).

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On top, the fuzzy yarn and at the bottom, regular acrylic yarn

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the magic pet brush (which I never used on my cat)

Trying two versions from the same pattern was a fun experiment, and I cannot tell you which one I like best because I love both pandas. I hope you enjoyed this post and that it will inspire you to also try different type of yarns for your projects.

As always, happy crocheting!

My obsession with dolls is far from over, in fact I am just getting started. Recently, the daughter of a friend of mine showed me an app called Chibi Maker on the DeviantArt site that allows you to create your own custom doll. We played with it a lot, picking hairstyles, face expressions, dress and shoes, and accessories. I had so much fun with it that it gave me the idea to use it as an inspiration for my amigurumis.

So here is Olivia, based on the chibi I had created on that app. I didn’t make it exactly the same, but the outfit and shoes are very similar to the graphic version.

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I named her Olivia because she remind me of a little girl I know with similar big black almond shape eyes. I used felt, yarn, and safety eyes to make them. The chibi from the app has a different set of eyes, but I liked this better for this particular doll.

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She is quite small compared to the other dolls I have made in the past, half the size of the other ones, about 7 inch tall. I think I will keep my dolls as small in the future, they are easier to handle.

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I didn’t put any wires in her body, it wasn’t necessary since I had no intention to give her any poses. I am very happy with my little Olivia doll, I think she turned out really cute with her little flowers in her hair. This is what I really like about crocheting dolls, the little props and accessories you can add to them, it’s so much fun!

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I think my next doll will be similar but goth style. I have always wanted to make a creepy cute doll, now is the time.

If you are interested in playing with the Chibi app for your own projects, or just to have fun with it, here is the link on DeviantArt: Chibi-Maker.

A big thank you to Lilly for giving me the idea of using that app to create my own dolls. You rock!

 

 

Spring is my favorite season of the year, everything feels new, fresh, and inspiring. It makes me want to buy flowers, plants to decorate my empty yard. I don’t have a green hand, and I am the worst gardener in the world, but I always manage to convince myself that I can do it every time Spring comes around. This year I have turned my inspiration away from greeneries to focus on what I do best, crochet. Lately I have been obsessed with dolls, fairies, and angels. I got this urge to do crochet one of my own, so I dropped everything I was doing to start on a Spring inspired doll.

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So this is what I have been working on for the last two weeks. Some crafters like to draw before they take on a project, but I don’t have that skill. I usually get an idea into my head and let it grow from there. I improvise, and if I am not happy with the result, I undo the last rows. Needless to say that I had quite a few adjustments along the way.

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I inserted wires in the body because I really wanted to give her this pose with a butterfly. I found them at the flowers section of the craft store, they are about one inch. I was going to glue them on the doll, but I changed my mind at the last minute because I would like to be able to replace them if they break.

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The hair was made with threads of yarn that I brushed, then straighten with my flat iron to thin them out. Afterward, I sew them on top of the head, and played hairdresser with a pair of scissors.

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I love my little Spring doll, I think she turned out really cute. I haven’t given her a name yet, but I am going to ask one of my friends daughter to pick one for me.

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Now it’s time for a little break, but I am not quite done with my doll obsession yet. I am dying to make a little Chibi, and I think once I have a little time on my hand I will start that project.

Looking at other people’s craft is what inspire me everyday, and I hope these photos of my little Spring doll will inspire you as well!

Happy crocheting!

Halloween is not here yet, but I am already working on projects to decorate on Halloween. I finished my first one today. A cute mummy that isn’t that scary!

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I think it turned out really cute!

I am going to make a black cat, and a witch next, as well as a ghost if time allows it. I have so many different projects going on, my living room looks like a tornado of yarn and crochet needles. I am learning to make crocheted bags, which will probably be the subject of my next post. I am also working on a Daryl Dixon doll, my favorite character from The Walking Dead. Did I mention that I love crochet?

Happy crocheting!

I am a cat lady, even though I only have one cat, Zoey, who doesn’t want to share her space with any other cats because it would draw my attention away from her.  Since she is okay with stuffed animals, I decided to compensate with amigurumi ones!

Easter is a great source of inspiration when it comes to crafting, and lately I have been busy making Spring related items, such as flowers, bunnies etc… And I just finished a mama chicken and her baby chick.

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I used raffia I found at the floral section of the craft store to make the nest.

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Mama chicken is nesting.

I learned a lot about chickens while making these amigurumi. I learned that the top of the head of a chicken is called a comb, and that the part underneath the beak is called a wattle. Thanks to crafting,  I expanded my knowledge in bird anatomy!

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Isn’t he cute?

Last week I worked on a bunny, a cute white wabbit with pink feet and pink cheeks, and pink ribbon. I wanted to send something to my nephew, and since Easter is right around the corner I thought this would be a nice gift for the occasion as well.

Easter Bunny Pattern, by Miss Dolkapots

Easter Bunny Pattern, by Miss Dolkapots

The bunny was made with Red Heart Super Saver yarn in off white, and pink. I put some blush on the cheeks, and inside the ears.

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A bunny for Easter

I cannot wait to send this bunny to my nephew, in the meantime, happy crocheting!


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