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Baby Tapir by SadDaysCrochet Baby Tapir by SadDaysCrochet
I recently co-founded :iconnationalyarnographic:, a group for recreating nature in amigurumi form. We have a rather exciting November Challenge to make something that comes from the rain forest, but no one has submitted anything! I said something early on about how I probably wouldn't submit anything to this group, but damn it the whole idea is so exciting I couldn't resist.

It's a tapir! They are large rain forest dwelling ungulates with funny noses, and when they are babies they have unbearably adorable spots and stripes! I highly recommend putting "baby tapir" into a google image search. Because of the cute.

This isn't particularly good- I've been meaning to work out a technique for quadrupeds (the only one I've made since getting good at crochet was a tortoise, and he had a very different structure). But because I am insane, I decided to work it out on the most difficult design I could think of. All those stripes made this guy kind of... lumpy? And all his parts are out of proportion to one another. If I ever do another one it would be much better.

For the most part the stripes are crocheted into the body and the spots are embroidered on top. I'm about to upload some more views to the SadDaysCrochet facebook page ([link]), if you want to see the stripes better.

For people who read my comic, you still get a comic tomorrow, don't worry!

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Edit:
Completely forgot to mention this, but I'll be offering this guy up as a prize for the first National Yarnographic contest! Whenever and whatever that contest may be. So if you like him you should keep an eye out for that!
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:iconmadewithlove8:
MadeWithLove8 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow beautiful work! :la: 
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:iconmomofspuds:
Momofspuds Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
This is adorable!!!  I am working on an adult version of the Okapi for my son's Halloween costume this year.  Eeek!!
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ScarletAtlas Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
cute!!!! very beautiful tapir
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:iconsaddayscrochet:
SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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bandotaku Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lumpy? Ridiculous. The awesomeness of you changing colors to make stripes is fantastic. Love it!
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CatsWire Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
He is so sweet!
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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Moon-Crafter Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Too Cute For Words!
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the-carolyn-michelle Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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The. Cuteness.

I need to make something, too. I know what I want to make, it's just a matter of getting around to it.
And you are WAY to critical on your own work, mdear.
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
For once this actually looks better in photograph than in reality. I am quite happy to call this good enough for funsies, but that is a concept my dad doesn't really get... He is a great believer in doing things right, and he knows I could do it better so he does not understand why I haven't already started it again to do it right. So I guess I get my critical eye from him. This is a little frustrating, but I am so pleased that he actually recognizes my work as art (and art that is worth doing right) that I don't mind.

I hope you make something for the challenge! Heck, I hope anyone at all makes something for the challenge. I want a beautiful rainforest in the challenge folder! I think the trick is to convince people that rainforest themed amigurumi are the best presents this holiday season. :D
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