After I got done making the penguin, I decided that I had better continue on with my animal production.
You see, we have a lot of brown fur yarn in our store.
Since you have just read about the penguin, you probably have it figured out: At market, I had also insisted that we buy a lot of brown fur. There was also a new squirrel pattern, and we needed yarn for squirrel tails. "Come on, Kim!" I said. "We live in Pennsylvania. Everyone here loves squirrels! We'll sell a million of these as kits! They are soooooo cute!"
A year later, the squirrel had made just as much progress as the penguin.
Now that the penguin was done, however, I felt motivated. Home I went, to knit a squirrel. It started out much like the penguin:
There was the cute little tummy!
I thought it was starting to look kind of quizzical as I knit around on its little head:
But as I kept going, it took on a rather disturbing, lifeless look:
(Please forgive product placement. I swear I am getting no royalties from Sony.)
And by the time it had a tail, it looked .... well .... like this:
Dinner anyone? I'm knitting stew tonight.
Postscript: I did feel a little uncomfortable shooting pictures of a dead, knitted-animal squirrel as cars drove by. Especially since I kept picking up the squirrel and moving it from one side of the street to the other, to get the lighting and the angles the way I wanted them. The bottom line is, I'm not in the habit of picking up roadkill with my bare hands.
So whenever cars drove by as I moved the squirrel, I decided to distract them by waving hello! Hi, everyone!
It is a friendly neighborhood and a small town. They all waved back.
And I wondered if, after they had driven on, their brains started realizing what they had just seen.
*****Finale: The squirrel looked way more perky after it was felted, dried, and stuffed.
Don't cross, cute little squirrel!