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« on: February 01, 2008 12:19:24 PM »

I was so inspired by the last round of the owl swap... and I had the most inspiring partner ever. so I made what I was supposed to do: owls Grin

I found an amazing vintage pattern of an owl and I decided to try it out. thanks to this pattern I learnt many crochet tricks, and also what chenille stems are (would you ever guess they are called "limpiapipas" in Spanish??). so, my version:

side view:

and back view so you can see the long tail... he and one of my cats are having a staring-in-the-eyes contest Grin Grin

both wings and tail are longer than the body, so he has to stand on something and have the wings and tail fall on the sides. it's done with different type of yarns with shiny specks and 3.5mm (E) and 5.0mm (H) hooks. the feathers of the wings and tail, as well as the beak, eye pieces and horns, are done the 3.5 hook. the body and wings with the 5.00. his claws are chenille stems.

I had big issues with the eyes. the only yellow ones I had were very... strange. you could almost see no difference between the iris and the pupil, so I painted the back of the iris white. with the white background, the yellow of the iris is much more intense.it worked out much better than I had thought

I love him <3

I also made a little doll based on the Celtic legend of Blodeuwedd, the woman made of flowers that was transformed into an owl. here she is naked next to the owl:

for the head and body I used Rheatheylia's lavender bunny instructions, and they were oh so perfect. I used a 3.5 hook too. the arms and legs are not stuffed, like the amineko (pic from the official website, just in case you don't know the amineko  Wink )

this allows her to pose. her eyelids are simple stitches over the eyes

I made her a little strapless crocheted dress with plain double crochet in the bodice and shells for the skirt, and a little flower pin following this tute with thin thread and a 2mm hook (that's smaller than your B hook). here's she already dressed and flirting Cheesy

and a last one of her, with the flower pin on her hand, chillin' with my evas Grin

this is the original owl shown in the pattern, so that you can compare. I know the colors are very different... but in my city there's just two shops that sell very few yarns, so you have to work with what you can get...

I'd love to have your opinions and criticism, since I plan on doing a second owl for me (this one is currently being cuddled and loved by her new owner Wink ). I was very pleased with the outcome, but then I'm biased since he's my baby...  Roll Eyes

thanks everybody for looking!!
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2008 12:22:56 PM »

i love every single one of your items but omg! it's an amineko paarrtay! the doll's dress is so cute!

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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2008 12:32:51 PM »

That's fantastic!

"Well, um, actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we're going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond, I don't know, I don't know if we'll have enough time."

« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2008 12:48:32 PM »

That owl is amazing!!!  I love the colors you used, and I think he came out great!
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2008 12:56:18 PM »

OMG...that is Amazing!

I'm speechless, I love everything about it.

« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2008 01:06:23 PM »

Amazing crochet skills! Your partner is very lucky.
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2008 01:07:46 PM »

I love the owl!!!
and I think your choice of colours looks better than in the original pattern!
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2008 01:48:33 PM »

would you ever guess they are called "limpiapipas" in Spanish??

With my somewhat limited knowledge of the Spanish language, I think that limpiapipas is very fitting. I grew up calling them them pipe cleaners. limpia = clean, pipas = cleaners.  Smiley

It looks great, I'm sure that your partner was very happy!

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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2008 05:20:34 PM »

ohhh! i love the owl... and the little dress... so cute!
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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2008 05:56:58 PM »

The owl is amazing!!!    Cheesy

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