The birth of a ‘vaark

With the immediate success of snailvaark, and the almost-as-immediate request from Danielle-inventor-of-the-mousevaark for a snailvaark of her own, I was carried along on a wave of creativity. This, in combination with the foul weather on Saturday lead to me and snailvaark #1 running a live ‘birth of a snailvaark’ on Twitter. What do you mean, you missed it? OK, I know Twitter isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so here is a look at how our day went…

First, we headed to the limery with a all the necessary materials:

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I bet you’ve forgotten something!

And then I started on the shell:

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This doesn’t look anything like my shell

The first half progressed quite quickly and I moved on to picking up the stitches for the second half:

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Well that looks more promising

And by lunchtime the knitting was done

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Are you sure it isn’t going to be a butterfly?

The next bit is tricky – grafting

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Apparently snailvaark does not like needles

And inserting the skeleton… hang on, where is the skeleton?

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So, no needles, but you’ll balance a skeleton on your nose?

Finally I was able to continue grafting, stuffing and inserting the pipe-cleaner skeleton

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This looks complicated

And snailvaark found some new friends who were watching the Six Nations rugby:

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‘Come on Wales!’ What do you mean ‘This is France-Italy’?

Finally, the shell was complete:

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OK, this is the ‘snail’ but where’s the ‘vaark?

And I made a start on the body:

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You begin with the nose

It grows

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Apparently embryonic ‘vaarks wear jewellery!

and grows

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A ‘vaark bust

Until it starts to be recognised by other ‘vaarks

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‘Hello… I said HELLO’… oh, sorry, no ears yet

And after a while there’s a body and a separate ‘vaark bottom

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We can rebuild him!

All the knitting and crochet is nearly done – we just need some ears

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Can you see the family resemblance yet?

For a ‘vaark stand up. it needs a heavy bottom, so they are filled with rice. To avoid unfortunate, embarrassing accidents, a little bag is employed:

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No, snailvaark, that is not a snack

It is inserted into the base of the ‘vaark

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Not looking!

And once the base is attached, the shell can be stitched on and the button nose added:

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Oh look, snailvaarks are born blind and deaf

Crochet ears and button eyes soon follow, and ‘voila’ there’s a finished snailvaark

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A new ‘vaark is born

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Welcome to my world!

 

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19 Comments

  1. Ann Pole

     /  February 11, 2016

    What do I think? Your are delightfully bonkers Jan. 😀
    Will we get to meet a snailvaark at the NDG? XXX

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  2. Vaaarking-mad! 😃 👏 💜

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  3. nettyg

     /  February 11, 2016

    *laughing*

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  4. Fantastic!! Fantastical!! Stark raving bonkers and madly creative! Totally in love!!

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  5. I don’t understand how I missed the excitement on Twitter!! It may be because I am not on Twitter…..but this should have gone viral!! I love these little Vaarks and am what the next species will be. That gets me thinking, do they have scientific species names?

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  6. Fascinating conception to birth procedure Jan.Aren’t they born colourful.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  7. Now I can see what the vaark you have been up to all this time…. Love the way the shell goes together.

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  8. Absolutely adorable and the comments were pretty great too!!! I’m still grinning ear to ear about it all. I just can’t imagine how you created these in your mind then brought them to life!!!! Wow!

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  9. claire

     /  February 14, 2016

    love it !

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  10. Welcome to the world, new Snailvaark! I love these little guys… And I just noticed their little button noses in these photos! I think I’m going into cuteness overload… 😍

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