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I love owls, they are cute but mystical creatures. Since it’s almost time for Holidays season, I decided to make a little Christmas owl. It’s really cute, I took some photos to show it off to the world.

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Its size is about 5 inch tall, crocheted with a 2.75mm hook. I like to use small hooks for my plushes to get a very tight stitch. The fiberfill won’t show through the holes using a smaller hook.

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I used felt to make the contour of the eyes, the feet, and the beak. I used a glue gun to attach these pieces, I like it better than fabric glue even if it can get very messy.

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Here is a side view of Mr Owl, I think he is very proud! His little wings are sewed to the side, but I glued the hat on the head, I didn’t want any white thread to show on the head, it looks cleaner this way.

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Another view from the back. His hat is folded in two and glued to the bottom. I added a pom-pom because there is no Christmas hat without a pom-pom!

Voila! My little Christmas owl is really excited about celebrating the Christmas season, he is a great addition to Holidays decor, don’t you think?

It is almost time to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, and I thought it would be nice to share a pattern I came up with for a cute Shamrock that you can use to decorate for the occasion.

I hope you will enjoy this pattern, I have tried to make it as simple, and as easy to understand as I could with  help of photos. The shamrock is about 5 x 6 in. (12.5 x 15 cm).

Shamrock Crochet Pattern, by Miss Dolkapots

Shamrock Crochet Pattern, by Miss Dolkapots

Abbreviations:
sc = single crochet
st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain

Leaves (make 4):
4 in chain. 
Row 1: sc in 2nd st from hook, and next 2 sc, turn
Row 2: ch.1, inc, 1 sc, inc, turn
Row 3: ch.1, 5 sc, turn
Row 4: ch.1, inc, 3 sc, inc, turn
Row 5 to 6: ch.1, 7 sc, turn
Row 7: ch.1, dec, 3 sc, dec, turn
Row 8: ch.1, dec, 1 sc, dec.
Fasten off, and weave in the remaining ends.

The 4 leaves of the shamrock

The 4 leaves of the shamrock

Assembling leaves together:
Row 1: With green yarn, make a loop at the base of one of the leaves, sc in same hole, then 2 more sc along the edge. Join another leave with a sc, then make 2 more sc. Continue with third and fourth leave. You should end with a row of 12 stitches.
Row 2: ch.1, dec 6 times, turn
Row 3: ch.1, dec 3 times, turn
Row 4: ch.1, dec, 1 sc, turn
Row 5 to 10: ch.1, 2 sc, turn
Rnd 11: ch.1, inc 2 times.
Do not fasten off

First leave: make a loop to start a row at base of leave, then 1 sc in same hole

Then 2 more sc along the edge

Second leave: sc into the next leave

then 2 more sc along the edge of second leave

Continue with the next 2 leaves. You end up with a row of 12 stitches

After decreasing on row 2, 3 and 4

Row 5 to 10, stem of the shamrock.

Edge:
Now that you have assembled the leaves together, continue with the same yarn and sc around the edge of the shamrock. sl st with the first st when you reach the end. Fasten off, and weave in the loose ends.

Finish your shamrock with sc around the edge.

sc around the edge to finish up the shamrock.

Voila! You can straighten your shamrock with pins and spray some starch on if you want to stiffen it, or you can leave it as it is. I hope you liked this pattern, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to comment!

Happy crocheting!

A cute shamrock to decorate for St Patrick's Day

A cute shamrock to decorate for St Patrick’s Day

I am using mine as a base for my crochet hooks pot holder.

I am using mine as a base for my crochet hooks pot holder.

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!

Last Saturday I went to Hobby Lobby for the first time. I had heard of it from friends, and even though it has been opened for two years in my area, I never had the chance to check it out. It’s a retail store that sells craft supplies, fabrics, home decor, party supplies, a combination of Michaels, Jo-Ann, and Home Goods all in one. I was mostly interested in the craft supplies of course, I was told that there is a large diversity of yarn, and other items you can only find online.

this is quite a large store

this is quite a large store

I thought I had jumped  forward in time when I entered the store. There was two big isles dedicated to fall and thanksgiving. Pumpkins, scarecrows, autumn candles…  On the next turn I was surrounded by Christmas decorations, Christmas trees, and ornaments, tons of ornaments! it was a bit surreal, I am not exactly in the mood for the holidays yet! Nevertheless, this wasn’t what I came here for, so I headed right to the craft supplies area on the other side of the store.

Beautiful off season ornaments

Beautiful off season ornaments

It is quite a large store, and when you come there for the first time  it take some time to find what you are looking for. However, the salesperson was quite helpful, and quite knowledgeable about the products and their location. I went straight for the yarn!

Yarn heaven!

Yarn heaven!

More yarn heaven

More yarn heaven

Let me tell you that I wasn’t disappointed. There was a big variety of brands, and tons of colors to choose from. I found some metallic yarn I had been looking for and couldn’t find anywhere but online.

Bingo!

Bingo!

I even found some Alpaca yarn! I didn’t buy any because some dummy forgot her coupons. (I forgot to print them as usual) :/

Apalca for the win

Apalca for the win

Once I was done dancing around in the isle yarn, I headed to the dolls accessories. There, I found little hats, glasses, safety eyes of different colors, frog eyes, bear noses, bear joints, hair, and even clothing!

dress up your dolls!

dress up your dolls!

I bought 2 bags of safety eyes for 99 cents each (3 pairs of 9mm in blue, 2 pairs of 13mm  yellow). You cannot find these sets of color in other stores.

I am going to have a lot of fun with these

I am going to have a lot of fun with these

If you are a hobbyist, this is definitely the place to go. Airplanes models, drawing, painting, sculpting, baking, flower arrangement etc…. It doesn’t have as much fabrics as Jo-Ann, but there is still a nice selection!  I spent 2 hours there, and I didn’t even see the time go by. I was like a kid in a candy store, I wanted to buy everything!

I will still go to Jo-Ann and Michaels, because it’s closer to where I live, but I will definitely go back to buy supplies that I cannot find anywhere else.

To find is there is a Hobby Lobby in your region, you can search on the Store Locator.

 


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