Monday, July 21, 2008

Animal Planet, Continued

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!


Cindy in Happy Valley said...

Ya' know what Carrie, from Sex and the City, said,"Squirrels are just rats with better coats."

(BTW, your neighbors were probably not a bit surprised!)

Anonymous said...

The squirrel is adorable. Is he for sale?

Mare said...

That is the funniest thing I have seen - possibly ever! Ever! There are probably folks ordering pizza and sitting on their porches waiting for you to come out of your house & see what you pick up off the street next! What a show!! Forget TV in your neighborhood- who needs it!

Kat said...

That squirrel is precious!! Did you have a pattern you followed? I just learned to knit but I am trying to do a creative project for a class so if you know of any good sites or tips to share I'd love to hear them!