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.

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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.

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Finale: The squirrel looked way more perky after it was felted, dried, and stuffed.

Don't cross, cute little squirrel!

4 comments:

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!