The tiniest bears…

Ham1Are called hamsters, at least, that is what I think. When I was at the art academie, I had this Syrian hamster who looked like a tiny little bear. Even my mum, who is not so much an animal friend as I am, thought he was the cutest little thing. It was a murky brown hamster with a beige little snout.

He wasn’t very friendly though and started screaming whenever I picked him up. One time he bit my boyfriend in his finger, right before a gig he had with the band he was in and that bite caused him trouble playing his bass guitar. I found it kind of funny.

Ham2I just treated my hamster with care and gave him a fantastic big cage with different floors and lots of little pipes he called walk trough and a little thatched cottage. And, not to forget a hamster wheel for exercise. He was a happy hamster.

Now after making an elephant, I thought lets make something completely different. I kind of postponed making a hamster, because Lopi does not have a suitable pink for hamster hands and feet, so I decided to just add another kind of yarn and go for the crochet hamster pattern.

12 Comments

  1. Jan says:

    I love your illustrations, Sonja. My heart has melted already. Hamsters are adorable – even though they have sharp little teeth! I may have to make more than one though! xx

    • Sonja says:

      Thank you :).

      Actually I have seen hamster patterns online but they look like yarn balls with eyes.

      I’m glad you found my blog, I like your comments. About the wolf sketch too. Have you seen the Christmas illustration I made last year? (Filed under artwork) It has an ice skating badger in it.

      Have a nice day!

      • Well, your patterns have a nice balance between ‘cuteness stylization’ (I mean, simple shapes in order to obtain a cute creation) and actual realism (it really shows you’re a nature lover).
        I’m glad you like my comments, and expect a lot of them ^_^
        I saw the Christmas picture you made, and it’s pretty awesome! I didn’t pay much attention to the badger, since I was fascinated by the fox (which is my 3rd favourite animals). And I also love how you incorporate ‘human’ activities with animal character. I think it would be awesome for another winter (or autumn) illustration to have some character knitting or playing cat’s cradle. Do you know this game? I found that the Danish name is ‘snoreleg’.

  2. Sonja says:

    Knitting Popkes is a brilliant idea šŸ™‚

    I haven’t heared of cat’s cradle and the Danish word doesn’t ring a bell either, maybe that’s because Im Dutch šŸ™‚

    See you around!

    • Whoops!
      I’m so sorry! I know that Dutch and Danish are two completely different things, but the English adjectives are so darn similar! In Italian they’re fairly different (‘olandese’ and ‘danese’), and that’s why I got confused. Sorry again!
      I found also the Dutch name, which seems to be ‘touwfiguur’. In case you still don’t know what is it, it’s a game in which you make shapes using a string. I’m really interested in this game, and it’s rarely represented in art, so it would be a cool and original idea šŸ˜‰
      Did you know this game?

      • Sonja says:

        No worries Gabrielle, I like Denmark, and Italy too for that matter. Have you ever rode the Stelvio pass?

        I do know touw figuren! A fun activaty for Popkes in a painting!

        Good night!

  3. Unfortunately, I’ve never been to the Stelvio pass, even though I really like climbing mountains or just going hiking in general. I live not that far from the Stelvio pass, so I might go sometimes in the future! I am a scout, you know, so I’m often outside doing this sort of things. Have you been to the Stelvio pass?
    I’m happy you know about this wonderful game! In Italy just the older generations know it, and I’ve never played this game as a kid (I’m now 21), nor have I seen a kid doing it.

  4. Sonja says:

    I have been there, it is such a gorgeous place. You should really go sometime if you have the change. I also loved seeing all those marmots aside the road. How do you call them in Italy? They are murmeltiere in German šŸ™‚

    • Ok, I’ll consider the idea of going there šŸ˜€
      I love marmots! They are very common in the Alps’ mountain range, and are not easily scared by humans, so you can see them very often near you (I once spotted a marmot TWO METERS away from me). Oh, and they also whistle. That’s their call, I think. Did you hear them whistling?
      In Italian we call them ‘marmotte’ (singular: marmotta), but the specific name for the species (scientific name: Marmota marmota) is ‘marmotta delle Alpi’, or ‘Alps’ marmot’. I admit I have to look it up on Wikipedia to find the specific name, it’s not widely used, since there aren’t any other species of marmot in this area.
      Oh, and I think that in my local language (not the national language, which is Italian, but the East Lumbardian language) the animal is called ‘marmĆ²ta’ (plural: ‘marmĆ²te’), directly from Latin.

      This is unrelated, but I’m sending you an e-mail this afternoon, since I’m going to buy a pattern, and I just wanted some specifications about the size…

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