We Wish These Knitted Dissection Models Could Be Used Instead Of Real Animals

For some reason, the dissected fetal pig made out of yarn isn’t such a hit.

People love the disemboweled knitted frog. They can’t get enough of the woolen rat, splayed up the middle, hand-crafted organs on display.

But the pink yarn pig — as cute, creepy, weird and wonderful as it is — just doesn’t get a lot of takers.

“It might be because it is less familiar,” Emily Stoneking, the artist who came up with these brilliant, hand-made dissection models, said. “Or maybe because the word ‘fetal’ makes some people a little uncomfortable.”

Stoneking came up with the idea for knitting approximations of dissected animals about eight years ago.

The Vermont-based artist has always been taken with vintage medical drawings, but “but I am terrible — and I mean terrible — at drawing. So instead, I thought I could do something similar, but in wool,” she says.

She’s gotten a load of attention since.

The models — sold in Stoneking’s aKNITomy Etsy store — have been featured on basically every website that caters to the whimsically and/or nerdily inclined.

Stoneking’s gotten so much attention over the last years, in fact, she claims her mother’s started wondering just what in the world is going on here.

“She is very supportive, but cannot fathom why someone would want to purchase something like this,” Stoneking told HLN.

We can: they’re fantastic.

But, alas, they aren’t a substitute for the flesh and blood and guts animals on which they’re based.

The models aren’t straight replicas. Rather, they are suggestive of their organic counterpoints, with features — like the brightly colored organs — designed to be pleasing to the eye, instead of teaching, say, exactly what an actual eye looks like when it’s been —> Read More