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O.W.L. Proposal for HPKCHC

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Here is what I am up to, on top of many other crochet projects for the HPKCHC I am going to be attempting to earn an OWL. Here is my proposal for my Care of Magical Creatures OWL, Option 2: Hatch an Egg. Identify your egg (dragon, phoenix, etc.) and knit or crochet an object inspired by your creature. If you make a physical creature it must be a minimum of 12inches in at least one dimension.

So here it is…

After a trip down Knockturn Alley (I shop proudly there) and a conversation with a few shady witches and wizards I came into the possession of an egg that I suspect to be that of a Common Welsh Green.

Pattern and Yarns
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I would like to hatch this egg by using the JJ the Fire Dragon pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jj-the-fire-dragon—amigurumi-pattern I’ve never made an amigurumi this big before and the biggest challenge of this project for me is going to be sticking with the project, I tend to set down larger projects and start smaller “instant gratification” type projects, and then pick up the big projects months and months later. Plus this has way more “bits” to attach than I have ever worked with before, on other amigurumi projects I have worked on it has just been color changes, and increases and decreases. The other major part of this project that seems to be difficult is that most rows are not identical and it will require a lot of paying attention to (as opposed to sitting in front of the TV and mindlessly crocheting), the pattern is 19 or so pages long.

Scary pattern…
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I’m planning to start with the wings and legs (instant gratification), and then move on to the body (where I plan to add a few lines of a different shade of green to give it a more “realistic” dragon belly look) and end with the scales and the face.

I will be using Caron simply soft which should turn out just the right size dragon. About 6.7” high, and 22” long. I will be using a 3.5mm steel hook. Swatching was important for this project (even though gauge is not) because the pattern calls for a 2.5mm hook and I needed to make sure that the stitches would be tight enough with the larger hook so that the stuffing would peak through the parts that are to be stuffed. I will be using fiber fill to stuff this guy, and have both plastic and steel tapestry needles availble (sometimes I prefer one type over the other, and never know until I get stitching). I have also included some stitch markers in my photo because there are times when I use them even when not called for.

Hook, needles, stitchmarkers and my swatch!
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From the Harry Potter Lexicon:
Common Welsh Green 

native to: Wales 

habitat: nests in higher mountains 

appearance: green 

flame: narrow jets

food: sheep 

eggs: earthy brown speckled with green
Thank you for you consideration!

*Update: Project has been approved, and as of the time of this post I have one wing completed.

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