Easter celebration, Chicken and baby chick

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.

Easter  chicken

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

Mama chicken is nesting.
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!

Isn't he cute?
Isn’t he cute?
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Easter Bunny

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.

Bunny Plush
A bunny for Easter

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

Spring inspiration – Part II

There hasn’t been much of the winter in California this year, so much so that I forgot which season I lived in until yesterday. It seems like winter had forgotten us and decided to make up for lost times! Storm, rain, you could hardly believe we are close to Spring time. That hasn’t stopped me from dreaming of flowers and greenery. After making my potted plant and Saguaro cactus, I embarked on a new venture with two more crochet plants: a flower potted plant, and a bouquet of roses.

Bouquet of roses, by Miss Dolkapots
Bouquet of roses, by Miss Dolkapots

The flowers are attached with a chenille stems, and secured to the pot. I even made some simulated water to surround the roses, inside the pot. Even if you cannot see it, the vase is not hollow.

pink, vintage pink, peach, and white roses
pink, vintage pink, peach, and white roses

It took me an entire day to make it, with a lot of improvisation. Everything is made in crochet except for  the wooden stand that I glued at the bottom to keep the vase steady.  I think it turned out really pretty.

potted flowers plant
potted flowers plant

Another improvisation. This one was inspired by one of my plants, even though I forgot what it is called. I am not exactly an expert, and I don’t have a green hand. I am much more comfortable crocheting plants than taking care of real ones! Even though I love them.

Little flowers in two shades of pink and purple.
Little flowers in two shades of pink and purple.

Top view of the flowers. Just like the bouquet of roses, the flowers are attached to the inside part of the pot, in this case it isn’t simulated water, but soil. The pot was stuffed with fiberfill.

I really want to continue this trend on greenery. I am thinking about making a bouquet of tulips, and a bonzai. So many fun things to make, I need to pace myself!

Spring inspiration

I have been spending a lot of time in my front yard lately, raking the leaves and cleaning up while dreaming of spring, flowers and plants. I guess working in the yard got me inspired,  because as soon as I as dropped my rake I grabbed my crochet hook and started working on two plants.

The result, a little Flower potted plant and a cute cactus.

Amigurumi Potted Plant, by Miss Dolkapots
Amigurumi Potted Plant, by Miss Dolkapots
Amigurumi Cactus Plant, by Miss Dolkapots
Amigurumi Cactus Plant, by Miss Dolkapots

Happy crocheting!

Panda!

It’s been a while since I added anything to my figurine collection, so decided to crank it up and start the year with a new addition, a doll in panda costume.
Panda Doll, Miss Dolkapots (that would be me)
Panda Doll, ©Miss Dolkapots
I made a post last year about these little figurines  inspired by the Kokeshi style of dolls from Japan. This one is part of my “dolls in animal costumes” series.
kawaii!
kawaii!
My next one will be a monk, then a Jamaican Rasta. I have an extensive list of figurines I want to add to my collection, or maybe I should call it a congregation. I need to graph another set of hands on my arms to work faster!

Hope, the rescued dog – a crochet pattern for a good cause

Here is the little story of Hope, the little dog crochet pattern I designed this week, and just finished.

Hope_montage

Few weeks ago I saw a video from a dog rescue organization, called Hope For Paws that touched me a lot. The video was about the rescue of a sick and abandoned named Bethany. With the joined effort of Bill Foundation, they took care of all her needs, and gave Bethany her health back, a temporary home, and happiness : Bethany’s video.

It was so heartbreaking, but I kept on watching all of their rescue videos. Fiona, the blind dog, who was found in a trash heap. Watson, the dog with the missing leg. Troy, Sky and Apollo etc… I couldn’t stop thinking about all these dogs afterward, and the dedication these people put into saving them.

It inspired me to make this little dog that I named Hope, a little rescued dog with booboos on her legs, but a happy pet because she was saved and cared for. I sent the doggy to the organization, it’s sitting on their desk now.