The Vancouver Island Marmot is Canada's most endangered species with an estimate of only 100 animals left living in the wild of Vancouver Island and another 100 in captivity. This animal is a rodent about the size of my cat Edgar and is just about as adorable. In fact Vancouver Island is the only place this species of marmot lives naturally. It feeds on grasses and other green plants and whistles when alarmed. You can read more about this animal here http://www.marmots.org/.
This organization is fundraising to breed marmots so that they can be released into the wild and hopefully one day remove this creature from the endangered species list. I decided to try to make a little marmot this weekend. I looked at some photographs in my nature books and online and then knitted the body with noro kureyon wool . I crocheted the paws and ears and then felted the wool in the washing machine. I stuffed it, shaped it and then embroidered a few little facial details. I named it Maggie.
While I was working on this little animal Edgar was climbing the trees trying to catch squirrels. My lovely daughter Tamara was visiting and brought me three cute little russian dolls that she found at a thrift store. They have woolen hair and vintage ribbon crowns.
Sorry I got side tracked, back to the marmots. I need your help here. For every comment left after this post I will donate 10 dollars to the Marmot Recovery Foundation and your name will be entered into a draw for the little marmot Maggie. You are such an amazing , nature loving community , so come on, show your support.
I have a few tutorials planned for this week so far the first one involves felt and forests. See you tomorrow!!!