Midnight on silent wings
Through snowy forests cold
Sudden fear the night owl brings
Hunting field and fold.
Whispering above the trees
Against the moon she flies,
Silent as the fading breeze
As twilight darkness dies.
Miranda is an owl whisperer, someone who can commune with these hunters of the night. She is based on Lalylala's Paul the Toadstool pattern, modified to be smaller, and with a sweet owl motif cross-stitched to her torso (the cross stitch pattern is a free chart from from LucyKateCrafts)
Miranda's owl minions are Ariel, a Collared Scops owl; Basil, a Northern Saw-whet owl; and Cassandra, a Snowy owl. I am happy to share the pattern for these three owls:
When it is chilly in the woods, Miranda wears a knit cardigan sweater duplicate stitched with grape hyacinth flowers. The sweet embroidery is a free chart available on Ravelry: Hexipuff Spring Flowers, and the sweater pattern is another pattern I am happy to share with you:
And finally, no owl whisperer would be without her owl hat, which conveys special powers to understand owl-speak :-)
Miranda, her minions, and her clothing were all crochet or knit with Knit Picks Palette, a lovely wool fingering weight yarn. Miranda, the owls, and the cap were crocheted using a size 1 steel hook (close to a B hook, or 2.25mm). The cardigan sweater was knit, using both single point needles (for the body) and double point needles (for the sleeves) with 2.75mm knitting needles.