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Topic: Giant Plush Axolotl... the Mexican water monster... Cute and cuddly version!  (Read 35551 times)
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« on: November 22, 2008 02:09:34 PM »

Beneath the surface of Mexico City's rivers lurks a cute little amphibious salamander which is unique for retaining its larval phase for its entire life. It has a big head, cute little eyes, and frilly pink gills. It is strangely cute - often kept as a pet - but these creatures are quickly disappearing in the wild due to the destruction of their habit (pollution from Mexico City, and commercial fishing, are both deadly to their home below the sea). I am talking about the Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum). Axolotls are a recent addition to IUCN's list of critically endangered species.

I have loved these little guys for a long time, so I decided to do a tribute to him. He is in the form of a big plush (good for cuddling). He is made from soft polar fleece and stuffing. His gils are made of felt. He is not perfect, but I am happy to say he at least bears a resemblance to the actual creature. Smiley

EDIT: Here is a pattern I drew up ^^ (click "save as" or "view image" to view full-size)



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NOTE: I may re-stuff him (he's kind of lumpy on the inside)... But, I couldn't wait to share it here. ^^ I hope everyone likes him!!

Actual axolotls:







Thanks for looking!! I will post pics if I decide to update him.  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2008 02:22:48 PM »

A mAYYYY Zinggg!!!
Beyond that, I'm speechless, and he's also going on to my fave projects of all time list. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2008 02:24:35 PM »

that is the best plush EVER!
i feel so bad after reading your post, because in the early 90s i purchased one in a fish store (i didnt know they were endangered)  Embarrassed they are the most adorable little creatures!

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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2008 02:30:20 PM »

I saw the thumbnail and just thought 'WOW an axolotl'  Grin
they are amazing creatures, and that is an awesome plush. It's HUUUUGE! Wink
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2008 02:32:20 PM »

I have never seen one before, but I love both the plush you made and the actual animal.  How wonderful.
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2008 02:37:28 PM »

that is the best plush EVER!
i feel so bad after reading your post, because in the early 90s i purchased one in a fish store (i didnt know they were endangered)  Embarrassed they are the most adorable little creatures!

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No, don't worry!! They are easy to breed, and flourish in captivity... they are even popular for use in research because they can regenerate lost parts... It's just that  they are disappearing from the wild - they don't have any wild habitat left.

It's kind of like... how there are no more wild dogs or chickens in America; the landscape has changed so much, they can only be kept in captivity (by people) now.

I am glad other people like Axolotls (or at least know what they are). ^^
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2008 02:40:39 PM »

Great job!!  He looks wonderful!
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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2008 02:52:59 PM »

OMG! .....That is absolutely awesome!!!!
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« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2008 03:11:50 PM »

He is gorgeous. Kiss We live in Australia and my son has a pet Axolotl. Your stuffy is fantastic and both my kids love it. Cheesy I will keep a look out for a pattern - my son really wants one now.
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« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2008 03:19:01 PM »

So adorable!
Never had much interest in having a real axolotl, but I'd love having a giant cuddly plush version like this.  Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2008 03:37:08 PM »

He is gorgeous. Kiss We live in Australia and my son has a pet Axolotl. Your stuffy is fantastic and both my kids love it. Cheesy I will keep a look out for a pattern - my son really wants one now.

Wow, having a pet Axolotl - how lucky. Smiley Anyway, I will try to draft up the basic pattern and post it today or tomorrow.  Spreading the Axolotl love is a good thing.
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« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2008 04:00:38 PM »

Super cute - those feet are awesome!   Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2008 07:00:21 PM »


I like it.  I must admit that real axolotls freak me out a bit - but this one is a little less nippy and a lot more cuddly.  =) - nicely designed - well done.
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« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2008 08:01:38 PM »

This reminds me of a short story I read years ago! When I read it, I didn't think Axolotls were real, haha. http://www.cis.vt.edu/modernworld/d/axolotl.html
I believe this is the whole story (in English). It was originally written in Spanish by the Argentinean writer Julio Cortazar. If you're curious, I believe the English title of the book it's in is called End Game or something similar Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2008 08:18:14 PM »

Very interesting little critter. Never heard of it before. Sometimes we humans are lousy stewards of our precious planet.
Your big guy is a cutie.
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« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2008 08:35:04 PM »

AHHH AN AXOLOTL!  I saw it on the home page and started sqee-ing immediately. So cute and cuddly! I love salamanders. I think they are all pretty much critically endangered at this point, the poor squishy, sensitive things. Ten years ago I helped dig salamander "holes" for lack of a better word, basically made a habitat for them, in Oregon. You know, I never have checked back to see how that particular species is doing. Part of me doesn't want to look it up though, for fear of the worst...  Undecided

Gee, that was a bit of a downer, sorry. Your axolotl will be around forever though, and that is a good thing since it is pretty much the most adorable thing I've seen on Craftster.
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« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2008 10:41:33 PM »

Oh cute!!! I recognized the critter only because of Craftster. In February, magic otter posted this crochet pattern for an axolotl and I've loved them ever since! Thanks for sharing the plushy version.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=229153.0
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« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2008 11:18:40 PM »

Oh cute!!! I recognized the critter only because of Craftster. In February, magic otter posted this crochet pattern for an axolotl and I've loved them ever since! Thanks for sharing the plushy version.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=229153.0

That is ADORABLE!!! Holy cow!!! I wish I could knit like that (or rather, knit at all). I also saw another good one here:

http://flickr.com/photos/katzs_amigurumi/2628499420/

I wonder if she's on Craftster. Both of their Axolotls are really, really awesome. <3 <3
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« Reply #18 on: November 22, 2008 11:20:40 PM »

This reminds me of a short story I read years ago! When I read it, I didn't think Axolotls were real, haha. http://www.cis.vt.edu/modernworld/d/axolotl.html
I believe this is the whole story (in English). It was originally written in Spanish by the Argentinean writer Julio Cortazar. If you're curious, I believe the English title of the book it's in is called End Game or something similar Smiley

That's so funny - I bookmarked it recently (haven't read it yet). Somebody posted it on a livejournal community (WTF_Nature) in this post:

http://community.livejournal.com/wtf_nature/353563.html

There is lots of Axolotl-loving in that thread. <3 And some nice pictures, too.
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« Reply #19 on: November 23, 2008 01:29:48 AM »

I love the little smile you've given him, it's so cute!  Kiss

It's great that he's huggable by grown-ups, sometimes we all need something to hug Smiley

My bro wants me to make him one now... and he's twenty! Wink Lol
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« Reply #20 on: November 23, 2008 03:20:56 AM »

Your plush is so fantastic!! I've always wanted a pet axolotl, ever since I was a kid. I was going to get one as a class pet (Im a primary teacher) but I'm not sure how much work they are. How often does their tank need cleaning? Are they hard pets to keep?
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« Reply #21 on: November 23, 2008 04:45:47 AM »

I love it! Squee! My brother always had these as pets - I love the little smile :-D
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« Reply #22 on: November 23, 2008 05:35:27 AM »

Wow I cant believe its so big! It looks great
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« Reply #23 on: November 23, 2008 12:49:58 PM »

That is just adorable! My brother and I became obsessed with these when we were little. I'm sad to hear they are endangered Cry
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« Reply #24 on: November 23, 2008 01:53:26 PM »

Oh, wow!  He is ginormous!  I love him!!!
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« Reply #25 on: November 23, 2008 02:33:51 PM »

Cute! I kept one as a pet for a long time. They don't get enough press. lol  Cheesy
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« Reply #26 on: November 23, 2008 03:58:20 PM »

Oh he's sooo cute! I Love Him.......and a plushy can't get any better then that!
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« Reply #27 on: November 23, 2008 05:51:43 PM »

holy crap axolotls are SO CUTE, and yours is spot on.  i love it!
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« Reply #29 on: November 23, 2008 08:02:32 PM »

my heart jumped! Its extrordinary! Its precious!
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SO friggen cute!
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« Reply #30 on: November 24, 2008 01:27:01 AM »

I LOVE him Grin
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« Reply #31 on: November 24, 2008 05:12:01 AM »

way cute .....his face just makes you want to start cuddling.....great job
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« Reply #32 on: November 24, 2008 06:28:59 AM »

Freaking awesome!!! I was shocked at the size of him.
The Axolotls (had no idea what they were called until now) were my FAVOURITE part of the Nature museum as a kid... I think they had 4 or 5 in their tank.  So cute!
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« Reply #33 on: November 24, 2008 07:32:54 AM »

No wayyyy. This is absolutely phenomenal!
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« Reply #34 on: November 24, 2008 10:16:02 AM »

Thank you so much for your compliments. To come and see that people liked my Axolotl... that made me very happy!!

I still plan on drawing a basic pattern - I haven't forgotten. It won't have measurements... just the shapes of the pieces he's comprised of. Hopefully that will people a good enough idea about how to make their own axolotl.

After making him, I don't know what to make next... suggestions for future things are welcome. ^^

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« Reply #35 on: December 02, 2008 02:38:34 PM »

wow i love this!! i think he looks a lot like the real thing. great job!!
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« Reply #36 on: August 27, 2009 01:48:35 PM »

This is the cutest!
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« Reply #37 on: August 27, 2009 09:55:23 PM »

LOVE IT!!
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« Reply #38 on: August 28, 2009 03:15:13 PM »

Oh wow!

I always remember that axolotls are amphibious.... When i was in the 1st year of biology (i later switched to medicine) we had all these fieldtrips which were great. One time we went to the zoo. One axolotl was not doing so well, as it was floating in the  tank. Dead.  Huh
One of my fellow students asked if he could take it to the reptile shelter where he worked. He got it from the zookeeper to feed his snake with a strictly amphibian diet Grin
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« Reply #39 on: August 31, 2009 10:23:34 PM »

ahhhh this is so cute! I love axolotls, I wouldn't mind adding one to my collection someday - though just a plush one would be great too  Grin
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« Reply #40 on: September 08, 2009 09:03:05 AM »

I've only recently learned what that cute little creature is though someone on wordpress.

They are cute already but seeing one in plushie form just makes them even more so.
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« Reply #41 on: May 04, 2010 03:48:58 AM »

hi there i just wanted to syay thanks!
i used your pattern somewhat in the construction of this:

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/217144_04May10_23707_386110576122_503041122_4480050_1917340_n.jpg

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/217144_04May10_23707_386110456122_503041122_4480049_8313257_n.jpg

as you can see he got a little out of hand in the size department.
his name is claus!
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