Introducing… Snailvaark

Despite initial reservations, it’s turned out that I really rather like Twitter. I set up an account last April and, although making connections has been slow, it’s been great for finding like-minded people… especially folks recycling, reusing, repairing and repurposing. In addition, on days when I don’t want to embark on reading long posts, it keeps me connected with the world.

Anyway, through a regular weekly discussion via Twitter – Make do and mend Hour – I also encountered a large family of critters, The ‘Vaarks. Originally created by Danielle Lowy of The Make it Shop in Manchester, and featured in her booklet How to Make Monsters & Monkeys, the ‘vaarks have taken on a life of their own. Various ‘vaarks have their own Twitter feeds – @Ratvaark, @Mousevaark, @Bendivaark and @Phileas_Vaark – sharing their adventures in gardening, repairing, reusing objects and eating cake.

And, so I hankered after my own ‘vaark. The originals are each stitched from an old sock, but being me, I didn’t fancy sewing and kept looking at the spare knitted snail shell and some left-over sock yarn I had to hand. Then I mentioned on Twitter my desire to make a snail version of a ‘vaark, and thus the seed was sown. I just had to make a snailvaark. Not only did I have to make a snailvaark, however, I had to make one (at the request of Alfred, one of Ratvaark’s guardians) that was able to retreat into his shell. I thought about it long and hard and didn’t make any progress, and then I heard that Ratvaark and his folks are coming to west Wales in May, and want to meet up for cake… hopefully with snailvaark too.

So, this week, I picked up my crochet hook and set to. And I’m pleased to introduce Snailvaark:

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This is Snailvaark!

As you can see, he can be a bit shy:

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Gone!

But he can be persuaded to come out again:

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Oh, hello

Snailvaark has been very well-received. Danielle-creator-of-vaarks has already asked if she can have one (it’s on my list) and he got a good reception from some of his cousins on-line:

Snailvaark makes his internet debut

Snailvaark makes his internet début (courtesy of @Ratvaark)

In May, there will be a grand ‘vaark gathering (the crowd above plus Bendivaark who lives locally), with tea and cake… who says we can’t develop meaningful relationships via the internet?

If you want to follow Snailvaark’s adventures on Twitter, he has his own fledgeling account: @snailvaark (what else?)

And if you want to follow me, I’m @thesnailofhappy (happiness was, apparently, too much for it to cope with!)

Ready for some adventures

Ready for some adventures

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  1. Speechless, but smiling!

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  2. It sounds as if the group should have a catering manager called Cakevaark…

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  3. That’s one cute creature!

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  4. Ann Pole

     /  February 5, 2016

    Snailvark is lovely. I’d happily offer a home if he didn’t already have one. 🙂

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  5. Danielle Lowy

     /  February 5, 2016

    Guilty of two things here – inventing the Mousevaark (in 2009!) and over-excitedly totally begging for a snailvaark within minutes of seeing him. I’m happy to say that the lovely @snailofhappy has agreed to a swap!
    (Mouse)vaarks rule!
    Danielle x

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  6. I love him!😊

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  7. This is very funny! I love the picture of his siblings greeting him. May have to follow on Twitter.

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  8. nettyg

     /  February 5, 2016

    Snorts with laughter. A wonderful plus of the internet. We’l all be crossing to the ‘varkside 🙂

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  9. Totally brilliant and a whole lot of fun! My Twitter experience is very limited!

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    • It took me a while to get into it, but once I started making connections it became much more enjoyable. In many ways it’s better than Facebook – hardly any memes and links to political stuff and any rants kept necessarily short. In addition, Twitter does not control what you see – everything appears on the feed.

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  10. Welcome to the world, Snailvark! Wonderful ! 🙂

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  11. claire

     /  February 6, 2016

    ooooh lovely!! well done

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  12. Sue Archer

     /  February 6, 2016

    We’re very glad to have introduced you to the vaarks, via our good friend Ratvaark. Looking forward to meeting Snailvaark and his sibling!

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  13. Yes, I’m spending far too much time on Twitter these days & rather enjoying it, must admit! See you there!!!

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  14. He is so adorable!!! I’m sure you and him will have an awesome time eating cake and drinking tea/coffee with the other Vaarks!

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  15. What a delight. I’m going to find you on Twitter now.

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  16. Ahh Mrs Snail, Snailvaark is simply adorable and making me laugh so much too! I’m very envious of your crocheting talents.

    It also reminds me of a little elephant that I think my mum knitted for me as a young child. I kept him up until adulthood when the moths sadly attacked him.

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  17. I love Snailvaark! Especially the fact that he can hide away in his shell when all the attention gets too much for him! What a great idea… Plus I’m now considering joining Twitter, something I’ve long avoided 😃

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  18. I know what you mean about the characters available for Twitter names – I am a slightly shortened @quercuscommy on there. Hope it goes well for you.

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  19. Snailvaark is rather adorable! I’m glad you’ve found yourself a Twitter family: I’ve met some brilliant people through it, as well as connecting with knowledgeable and inspiring people in sustainability, ecology and development. 🙂

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