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« on: June 06, 2004 03:53:50 PM »

I saw the mohair bunny thread ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=4539.0 ) a while ago, and while I love bunnies, I didn't really want a stuffy of one.  so I borrowed the body shaping idea, but only used a 4" square of off-white cotton yarn.  add a bit of embroidery floss, and a few crochet chains, and I have a little stuffy portrait of one of my gerbils!  
http://www.phoenix-feathers.com/linked/stuffgerb.jpg
http://www.phoenix-feathers.com/linked/ivory.jpg
I think it's a good likeness  Cheesy
unfortunately, everyone I show it to seems to think it's a cat toy.
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2004 04:04:01 PM »

Wow! We have gerbils and you've captured their "look" very well. How long did it take?
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2004 04:42:13 PM »

it didn't take very long... maybe an hour while I watched TV.  I made this in garter stitch, but I think it's probably look a bit better in something smoother.

the ears are just short bits of crochet chain in a loop, and the tail is also a crochet chain, with a few extra strands tied on the end to form a tuft. 
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2004 05:29:50 PM »

Looks like a very adorable gerbil to me!
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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2004 12:05:22 AM »

Eep! That's precious! I want to make ones that look like my rats...although, they'd probably would end up as cat toys.
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2004 10:33:38 AM »

Your gerbil is soooooooooo cute and this group sounds like you all would enjoy GUINEA PIGS just the same so here is a great pattern I found
 http://www.sullivans.net/90346.cfm
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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2004 06:38:43 AM »

eee!!  those are so cute!  I'm going to HAVE to make one for my friend... she had to leave her Guinea pig to go to college (no pets in dorms  Cry ) they look like real guinea pigs too!  thank you so much for the link!
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« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2004 06:31:54 PM »

Ooooo I prefer the gerbil over the bunny! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2004 11:56:11 AM »

Really Amazing Flame feather!!
Knitting shapes and I have never gotten along...You did an amazing job!  Very Creative!
I used to work in 2 pet stores and have seen my fair share of gerbils...and every single one insists on filling its food dish with bedding just like your little guy! 
Knit on!     ~M
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« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2004 08:49:44 PM »

actually, I've discovered how to keep them from filling their food dish with bedding... put it on top of their nest box (though mine make their nest in a corner, instead of the box)  it's harder for them to kick the bedding in.  my little girls (Ivory and Ashe... the picture is Ivory.  Ashe is a darker grey color called "Lilac") are currently living in the lap of gerbil luxury!  2 10-gallon aquariums connected with plastic tubes, a big wheel to run in, and plenty of homemade houses from cardboard. 

If you take a look at the Bunny pattern I used for the body, there really isn't any shape to knit, just a square that's sewn up a specific way.  give it a try, it's pretty easy ^_^
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