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Rat Patterns? 
14th-Jan-2008 01:07 pm
Somehow cute rat patterns aren't quite as common as cute cat patterns!

I've got awesome pet rats. Unfortunately they have short life spans - about 3 years - and I'd like to keep a lasting memento of them. I was hoping to make Christmas tree ornaments for each one. Has anyone seen any rat patterns? Preferably one that I could modify the colors of to fit each rat. I've combed ebay, and found one: Omnibook of Exotic Pets.

Mice patterns will do in a pinch, but rats have much broader muzzles and a heftier build...

If I can't find anything, any tips on designing your own cross stitch patterns without using a computer?
14th-Jan-2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
i don't have any patterns to contribute, but i just wanted to add my vote to rats being awesome pets. i had pet rats for years, and this past october we had to have our last one, starling, put to sleep. i had her for 2 1/2 years, and after her i don't think i can ever have another one. starling was as much a part of my family as my husband is, and no other rattie could ever replace her.
14th-Jan-2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
Aww, I'm so sorry - sounds like she was a sweetheart! I have a similar relationship with the agouti hoodie in my icon - Tucker - he's 2 and a half years now, and still doing well. He's got so much personality and is so communicative! I'll be distraught when he goes, I can't even think about it now.

My oldest one, a black hoodie, is somewhere between 2 1/2 and 3, and the vet says there is not much I can do for him. He is SO skinny, his eyes have a somewhat glazed look, and very dehydrated - I'm constantly trying to get fluids in him. He is eating a little, but when he's not interested in food and water at all, I'm taking him in to be put to sleep... :-(
14th-Jan-2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
i am so sorry about your rattie. it is so hard. starling had a number of tumors, and at her age we decided to just let them go because surgery would have been so hard for her. by the end she could barely walk and wasn't able to feed herself - i feed her baby food from a spoon. i am lucky though, my co-workers are all animal lovers, and they let me take the week before it happened off of work. i stayed home with starling and snuggled with her all week, and at night she would sleep with me.

have you tried baby food with your rattie?
14th-Jan-2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
No, but that's a great idea - especially if I can find stuff high in fat and nutrients.

It's sweet but also sad how snuggly he's gotten in the last two months - all he wants to do is sit in my lap (and when I take him off, he tries to stumble back on again - he's also had a stroke, so he's not very coordinated). But he was always much more independent when he was young - his full name is Theodore Ratsevelt, because he was always such an explorer!

Kinda getting off a cross-stitch topic, but hopefully because it's inside the comments no one will mind :-)
14th-Jan-2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
i used to have a rat named eleanor ratsevelt!
14th-Jan-2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
I need to also say, yay ratties! We had them for years, but I don't know if I could do it again -- their short lifespan makes it so hard. A friend of mine has a 5-year-old rat, though. I think he's a witch. ; )

(Tucker is my son's name, by the way!)
14th-Jan-2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
UK ebay has 7 rat patterns, all from the same person: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Crafty-Creature-Designs_cross-stitch-charts_Rats_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZ1QQfsubZ14918078QQftidZ1QQtZkm

That's more than I expected to find actually! I don't know if any of those fit what you're after though.

I'm really interested to see what other people come up with, because I'd love to add some rat patterns to my stash! (I don't think I'd risk making them into Christmas tree ornaments though - one cat and 6 rats means I have no hope of a Christmas tree staying intact for long!)
14th-Jan-2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, those are awesome! They have a website, too: http://www.rattans-designs.co.uk/

I'm DEFINITELY getting the Christmas set!

Now I need to get a dumbo :-) Mine are all run-of-the-mill rescues: agouti berks, agouti hoodeds, a black hooded, and a PEW...
14th-Jan-2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
Oooo I didn't realise! That's a pretty decent website too, and there are other rat designs on there that I didn't notice in their ebay shop.

The Christmas designs are cool - I like those and the design with the rats climbing over the word 'rats'!

I've never seen a PEW in real life! I have two dumbos though (one black berk, one siamese) who are both boys (and one is HUGE!!)! My dumbos are, erm, not quite as bright as my normal-earred girls though! I have 4 girls - 2 black capped, 1 agouti hooded and a black berk. Oh and I had a silver hooded (not sure exactly what colour grey/blue she was) and a black hooded too. All pet shops ones though (no real alternative here). My cat is a rescue (as was my mouse).
14th-Jan-2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Hmm, my PEW is a little abnormal because his eyes went from bright ruby red to pale pink when he reached 4 months old - he's blind. Somehow I've ended up with two agouti berks, but black berks are my FAVORITE rat color - I love the combination of pink ears, black fur, and creamy little white paws :-)
14th-Jan-2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
Aww your poor little PEW. My siamese has poor eyesight - he does the head-sway thing.

Black berks are beautiful! My black berk girl has a two colour tail - the base half is black and the tip half is white! I'd love a black self at some point in the future too, even though berks' tummies are the cutest! Okay now I want to snuggle them all!

PS With your oldest baby have you tried Nutri-Cal/Nurish-Um etc. The last rat I had who was sick loved that stuff (I forget which one I got - no idea where it's got to now as my flat is a mess *ahem*)
14th-Jan-2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
I used to breed pet rats :)

Never seen rat patterns either :( but I live in europe and we seem to never get so many things over here ;)

I know they do have some mice
Chalk and Cheese by DMC

House Mouse

14th-Jan-2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
I love the housemouse designs. It's been around forever I wonder who is the designer.
14th-Jan-2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
they have loads of cute stuff there ;)
14th-Jan-2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
Aww the Chalk and Cheese is so cute! I'm making a note of it for further S.E.X moments! I have a couple of charts in the same series but I've never seen that one.
14th-Jan-2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
Sarah - don't forget that it is the Chinese Year of the Rat 2008-2009 from early February!

My IT officer at work has two pet rats at home, Monty and Rex, the latter of which sent me bursting in laughter as it's my dad's name! Agreed they make wonderful pets, very clean animals despite what some people may say of them!

There is a freebie pattern of a rodent on the DMC Creative World site (but it looks suspiciously looks like a mouse to me!) which you may be interested in.
14th-Jan-2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
I've got a Monty too! He's kinda funky looking, though - he's blind.
14th-Jan-2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
I've not seen cross-stitch rat patterns, but I daresay you'll have more luck than I have looking for cockroaches and maggots.

I do, however, have a needlepoint canvas of a rat. And since I had a hairless rat at the time, I pulled threads to match Zoidberg's skin color as close as possible. In the process I discovered that the genteel lady who ran the LNS did not care for two things:

1.) Enthusiastic descriptions of live rats.
2.) Customers who yell across the store "Does this feel like a scrotum to you?"
14th-Jan-2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
Hehehehe :-)

Yeah, good luck with the cockroaches. I've been on the lookout for a realistic dinosaur pattern too - no luck there either.

I've always wanted a hairless rat and there's a rescue of like 50+ hairless rats in the next state over, but unfortunately it's about 8 hours away, so I have to pass..
14th-Jan-2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
As far as the dinosaur pattern, there's this one, and this one that I've seen lately. Don't know if that's exactly what you're looking for, but hopefully it helps :-)
14th-Jan-2008 09:19 pm (UTC)

I'm looking for a scientifically accurate depiction for a friend of mine...the conception of how dinosaurs stood and looked has changed radically in the last twenty years (feathers! horizontal stances! yea!), so it might take a while for patterns to reflect that :-)
14th-Jan-2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's amazing how science can crawl along for decades, or even centuries, and then in a short period go "ZOMG! NEW STANDARD!"

Glad to help :-D
15th-Jan-2008 02:32 am (UTC)
I also was about to point out that this is the year of the rat- look for chinese patters and russian ones as well- russians are obsessed with chinese zodiac years for some reason. Many of the patterns are probably posted in violation of copyright, so if that bothers you, you might still be able to track them down by designer once you know what is out there. Good luck!

(I had a pet rat once. A white "retired" lab rat. Her name was shusha and she was really really fat and lazy and my grandmother was totally scared of her).
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