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« on: January 16, 2010 05:10:54 PM »

When I went to Argentina in Feb/March of 2009 I fell in love with carpinchos which is the Spanish word for capybaras and what I prefer to call them.  I've a clip art book of thousands of images of thousands of animals and scanned it to make this image which is printed on the same fabric for ink-jet printers that I use to make my Varmint Voodoo dolls.  I had some extra space on a sheet of that fabric when making a special order and decided to fill it with carpinchos instead of waste it. They then sat in my craft room waiting to be made into something for months ... this is the first carpincho project from those print outs.

Hello Carpincho Brooch, front:


The Guarani (indigenous people of the region) word for these animals means "master of grasses" so that's why there is some grass embroidered on the bottom.  Their Latin name means "water pig" which doesn't reflect their majestic nature nearly as well as "master of grasses."  Also, even though the look quite a bit like a pig crossed with a beaver, they are actually the world's largest rodent.

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Hello Carpincho Brooch. action shot on my purse strap.


This is my first attempt at a soft/plush brooch type craft and I'm not entirely pleased with how it turned out, but the carpinchoiness of it makes up the difference for me.   Kiss

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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2010 05:25:18 PM »

I love it! He's so adorable.
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2010 05:28:03 PM »

I love it! He's so adorable.

Thank you!  I think they're adorable, too, but this one is an adult female.  Males have a scent marking gland on their "muzzle" up near their eyes.  Wink  
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2010 05:35:19 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2010 05:45:28 PM »

in colombian spanish, we call them chigiros.  i think they are lovely but also i have to admit i ate some at a state-fair type of festival over there ... and they taste really good, too. 

anyway, great brooch!
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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2010 06:32:50 PM »

Okay, anything with a capybara gets my attention, I always pick up stuff for my dad.  (He's got friends who call him "Capy", it's a weird long inside joke that I'm not even sure I know anymore.)

This is fantastic!  <3
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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2010 06:36:09 PM »


Thank you!  I think they're adorable, too, but this one is an adult female.  Males have a scent marking gland on their "muzzle" up near their eyes.  Wink  

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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2010 07:46:45 PM »

I've never thought of them as a rodent just the largest guinea pig ever! Wouldn't it be neat to have one as a pet? lol.

I love your brooch it's great! And I learned a Spanish word! Which makes me happy.
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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2010 09:24:35 PM »

Grin Love Smiley

Thanks!

in colombian spanish, we call them chigiros.  i think they are lovely but also i have to admit i ate some at a state-fair type of festival over there ... and they taste really good, too. 

anyway, great brooch!

I'm so glad to learn a new name for them! Are the males called chiguiro machos?  I would be willing try eating some, so long as I didn't meet it before.  Wink

Thank you!

Okay, anything with a capybara gets my attention, I always pick up stuff for my dad.  (He's got friends who call him "Capy", it's a weird long inside joke that I'm not even sure I know anymore.)

This is fantastic!  <3

That is great!  The Argentine chico we met who showed us around said he thought they were ugly, but truth is that he had a very similar nose to a carpincho.  Wink

I've never thought of them as a rodent just the largest guinea pig ever! Wouldn't it be neat to have one as a pet? lol.

I love your brooch it's great! And I learned a Spanish word! Which makes me happy.

Looks like there's an extra Spanish word from nataluna's post, too!  YEY!  Thanks!
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« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2010 10:05:47 PM »

I love it! He's so adorable.

Thank you!  I think they're adorable, too, but this one is an adult female.  Males have a scent marking gland on their "muzzle" up near their eyes.  Wink  
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« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2010 03:03:54 AM »

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chiguiro machos?

well... the male of any animal (and sometimes even humans) is technically called macho, so ... i would think so.
(female: hembra)

plus, i googled and these two names seem to have the female form (chigira, carpincha) ...
you always have to check, cos some animal names don't have the 2 forms.

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« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2010 08:15:34 AM »

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chiguiro machos?

well... the male of any animal (and sometimes even humans) is technically called macho, so ... i would think so.
(female: hembra)

plus, i googled and these two names seem to have the female form (chigira, carpincha) ...
you always have to check, cos some animal names don't have the 2 forms.

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Wow!  Thanks for the info!  The guides where we were called them carpincho macho and carpincho hembra, but I do like carpincha and it makes sense, of course.  fI always forget "hembra" because we don't have a meaning for it in American English like we do "macho."  And I remember that because the American English meaning is funny when put with "carpincho."  Hopefully, now that I've seen it written I will remember.  Thanks!
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« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2010 08:53:07 AM »

Here in Brazil it's called capivara - pretty similar with english I guess... My father lives by the river and almost everyday he sees a capivara family eating the neighbors plants!  Cheesy

And that brooch is amazing! Looove it!
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« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2010 12:52:44 PM »

I'm so happy that there are other carpincho/capybara/chiguira/capivara fans here on craftster!  I had expected this post do go mostly un-commmented upon.  YEY!

Here in Brazil it's called capivara - pretty similar with english I guess... My father lives by the river and almost everyday he sees a capivara family eating the neighbors plants!  Cheesy

And that brooch is amazing! Looove it!

Oh, yes! I have read that in Portuguese they are "capivara" and I've seen a Japanese toy called "kapibara san."

Thank you!
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« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2010 01:05:55 PM »

It's Speak!! Hehe... I love The Tick and the episode where he finds a capybara and thinks it is a dog. He names it Speak and keeps it as a pet, lol.

Love, love this! Wish I had one.
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« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2010 01:15:17 PM »

It's Speak!! Hehe... I love The Tick and the episode where he finds a capybara and thinks it is a dog. He names it Speak and keeps it as a pet, lol.

Love, love this! Wish I had one.

I had no idea!  How great.

Thanks!
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« Reply #16 on: January 17, 2010 07:56:24 PM »

wow there are a lot of capybara/etc. stories out there... (^_^)
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« Reply #17 on: January 17, 2010 08:04:17 PM »

The guides where we were called them carpincho macho and carpincho hembra, but I do like carpincha and it makes sense, of course.  fI always forget "hembra" because we don't have a meaning for it in American English like we do "macho." 

actually coming from latin the Fs became Hs in spanish (not always but mostly, i think[?]) and so fembra, well that's kinda funny too, actually.  in english, at least.

when i googled it, it seemed like the first things that came up were humans - people were using those feminine versions (the ones with the -a on there, not the "hembra" versions) as nicknames.  but i didn't investigate a lot.  so must be the correct names of the animals are like what the guides said.  i will ask dh about chigira or chigiro hembra.
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Love it - my brother is obsessed with these furry critters - and he wants one for a pet - probably not the best idea, since he's already well on his way to a zoo - guniea pigs, bunnies, a dog, fish, and a couple of birds already....   Wait 'til I tell him they taste good, too!
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« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2010 09:05:52 AM »

The guides where we were called them carpincho macho and carpincho hembra, but I do like carpincha and it makes sense, of course.  fI always forget "hembra" because we don't have a meaning for it in American English like we do "macho."  

actually coming from latin the Fs became Hs in spanish (not always but mostly, i think[?]) and so fembra, well that's kinda funny too, actually.  in english, at least.

when i googled it, it seemed like the first things that came up were humans - people were using those feminine versions (the ones with the -a on there, not the "hembra" versions) as nicknames.  but i didn't investigate a lot.  so must be the correct names of the animals are like what the guides said.  i will ask dh about chigira or chigiro hembra.

Wow!  The etymology of words is so fun!  And then of course it's fun to see how one language can be so different depending on the culture that's speaking it.

Love it - my brother is obsessed with these furry critters - and he wants one for a pet - probably not the best idea, since he's already well on his way to a zoo - guniea pigs, bunnies, a dog, fish, and a couple of birds already....   Wait 'til I tell him they taste good, too!

They're a great animal, but maybe not the best & certainly not the easiest pet.  There is a capybara in the US who has it's (I don't know if it's male or female) own blog!  Something like gianthamster.  Anyway, it describes how it will seemingly randomly go through phases wherre it attacks and bites it's owner.  And those are some serious teeth for biting... like most (all?) rodents the teeth never stop growing.  OUCH!
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« Reply #20 on: January 18, 2010 10:37:38 AM »

dh confirmed "chigiro hembra".

i think definitely a cloth one is easier to keep.  it won't eat thru its house for one thing (isn't that a problem of rodents?)
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« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2010 02:28:18 PM »

dh confirmed "chigiro hembra".

i think definitely a cloth one is easier to keep.  it won't eat thru its house for one thing (isn't that a problem of rodents?)

Thanks!  Is he wondering why the sudden interest in chiguiros?
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This is awesome, so cute!
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« Reply #23 on: January 18, 2010 04:31:02 PM »

This is awesome, so cute!

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oh my god i love this!

when i was little one of my favorite books was Capyboppy, if you like Capybaras you should check it out: http://www.amazon.com/Capyboppy-Bill-Peet/dp/0395383684
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« Reply #25 on: January 19, 2010 07:46:04 AM »

oh my god i love this!

when i was little one of my favorite books was Capyboppy, if you like Capybaras you should check it out: http://www.amazon.com/Capyboppy-Bill-Peet/dp/0395383684

Oh, thank you!  And thanks for the recommendation!  The cover looks adorable!
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« Reply #26 on: January 19, 2010 03:18:11 PM »

people always look at me funny when i tell them capybaras are my favorite animal, then ask me if i'm sure that's a real animal XD.  when i went to the national zoo to go see them, the other people there were like, "is that a giant rat?"

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« Reply #27 on: January 19, 2010 03:26:04 PM »

people always look at me funny when i tell them capybaras are my favorite animal, then ask me if i'm sure that's a real animal XD.  when i went to the national zoo to go see them, the other people there were like, "is that a giant rat?"

love capybaras Smiley

Imagine the look would get if you said "carpinchos"!  Even when I explain that it's a Spanish word for capybaras a lot of people don't know.  That's fine be me, it keeps out the riff raff.  Wink  The rat description drives me crazy, though!  They look about as much like a rat as a rabbit does.  Phewee!
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« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2010 06:18:57 PM »

Thanks!  Is he wondering why the sudden interest in chiguiros?

nah he thinks all my online friends are crazy anyway.
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« Reply #29 on: October 17, 2010 10:49:32 PM »

Oh wow. I'm SO glad that someone else loves capyburas too.  I think that they look like giant guinea pigs!
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« Reply #30 on: October 18, 2010 08:37:10 AM »

Oh wow. I'm SO glad that someone else loves capyburas too.  I think that they look like giant guinea pigs!

I looooooves them.  I think they have way more of a regal bearing than guinea pigs, myself.  I'm reminded of a long-legged, tail-less beaver or something.  They're grand.
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