A little too late

Marmot2A while ago, someone suggested that I should make a marmot. I agreed with her and already had thought of making an Alp marmot. It was after my vacation to Switzerland, where I had seen and heard, many of these adorable little fellows.

However, I never actually got to making one, because I simply had other animals in mind to make first and was not quite confident about the shape I should give a crochet marmot. I decided to wait until the period around Groundhog day, which I thought to be somewhere in the end of February or begin March. I should have Googled it.

Last week I discovered it is Groundhog day the 2nd of Februari, oops. Nevertheless, I am working on a marmot pattern at this very moment. I’ve already made some sketches and picked suitable yarn colours. There is one dilemma though, I don’t know what kind of marmot I am going to make, in colour that is. There is the Alp marmot, the woodchuck, the groundhog and my favourite but more uncommon variation, the Vancouver Island marmot with its bear-ish appearance.Marmot1

The Vancouver Island marmot is an endangered species and has beautiful chocolate brown fur and contrasting white patches. I think he’s absolutely stunning, but I am afraid many people won’t immediately recognize my crochet version of one to be a marmot. So I think I will stick to a more traditional coloured marmot and make the chocolate brown coloured one for myself.

Here are some pictures of this lovely animal. The first picture I have found online and in it you see the stunning Vancouver Island marmot. Look at him, what an absolute beauty! The second picture is made by my boyfriend. This marmot we encountered in Switzerland at the Abula pass. When we passed him after we had just started our hike, he quickly fled into his hole, which led into a cold war shelter. When he called out to warn his friends, he made our ears ring. Anyway, we knew where he was, so on our way back, we silently approached his little territorium and there he was. We quickly took his picture, he fled into his little dug out again and made our ears ring some more. We enjoyed ourselves very much.

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This post is a bit longer than I had anticipated and I hope you enjoyed reading it.

 

4 Comments

  1. ingridcc says:

    I love marmots! But until reading your post, I never realized that a woodchuck/groundhog is a species of marmot, they are so much smaller than what we think of as marmots (here in the western U.S.)! To me, “real” marmots are huge, and very fat before they hibernate, and live at high elevations. They are very funny to watch! After reading your post I looked up “marmot” and the common one high in the mountains here is apparently the Yellow-bellied Marmot. It doesn’t have the white muzzle of the rare Vancouver one in your picture, and is yellowish or reddish brown, not gray as the Alpine one appears to be. I vote for a large, fat marmot, not a small groundhog!

    • Sonja says:

      Hi Ingrid. It’s funny, I didn’t even know groundhogs and woodchucks are that much smaller. I thought they where in size quite similar to their congeners, lol. So I was thinking of making a big chubby marmot. That yellow bellied one is vey beautiful too, he looks a lot like the Alp marmot.

      Thanks for your vote 🙂

      • ingridcc says:

        I looked again at your drawings, and they are VERY cute, but…I hate to suggest anything because you are such a wonderful artist! but to me they look a little bit more like teddy bears than marmots…Maybe because marmots don’t have a neck (well, probably they do underneath, but it doesn’t show.) Either way I know I will love the animal you come up with, neck or no neck!

  2. Sonja says:

    Hi Ingrid, I’ve already made a cute marmot head and tomorrow I’m starting on the body. And I agree with you, marmots don’t really have a neck and a head attached just a body won’t give a proper result. I am trying to make the body in a way, the back of the head will run over into the body, to have as less a neck as possible. I have an idea of how to do that, by decreasing only at the font, and I hope that method works. With the hedgehog I kind of had that same issue, but because of it’s brushed fur, it was easier to get the neckless result. Cheers, Sonja.

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