Thursday, February 07, 2008

Happy Chinese New Year! Year of the Rat

Well, I have been working on a rat for this post, and well, I just finished in the nick of time.


I was going to do a wee mouse, but decided on Cheese (of Chalk and Cheese). The arms are extraordinarily clever, done with short rows. You gotta love Alan Dart. Anyway...

Happy New Year!

rat 1

check out that tail. I'm proud of that tail. That is an I-cord w/ pipe cleaner in it so it's shapeable.

rat 2

And he turned out looking 'fluffy'. He's looking very 'Zucker' (a genetically obese rat model).

stats:
yarn: various acrylic worsted (okay, pink and white)
needles: US2 dpns
start: 2/6/08
finish: 2/7/08
mods: did the body in the round. The arms are amazing, but I think I switched them...but they worked out fine. the feet were done in the round, and the tail (w/ pipecleaner). I didn't do the 2 ear tufts and I used white crochet cotton for whiskers instead of the black.

I also chose to knit Cheese as a male lab rat (Rattus norvegicus), but he turned out to more resemble a Zucker (fafa) rat. Altho' I don't know if these rats are white...

11 comments:

Heatherly said...

so cute!
love the tail with pipe cleaner in it! what a great idea!

Soo said...

Happy year of the rat!

He's an adorable mascot for the year -- and yes the tail is tooooo clever!

fleegle said...

Fabulous! And Happy Year of the Rat to you!

Pixiepurls said...

I'm confused because my daughter was born in sept and i was told she was born the year of the rat, but is the year of the rat just starting??

Diane said...

I love that tail too!

Opal said...

How adorable! I love everything about him! Kung Hee Fat Choy. :)

EGunn said...

He's so cute!

GinaBina said...

Beautiful! The tail is so neat, being bendable like that. Did you use a 4 stitch icord? Tried once to insert a pipe cleaner into an i-cord 'vine' on a pumpkin hat, but was not able to. Can i ask how you managed it?!

z's momma said...

Hi everyone! Happy New Year! (I'll comment on tail in next post.

knittingkewpie said...

Not only are you amazingly creative, you're organized enough to get something knitted BEFORE the actual holiday. Color me impressed!

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