Original Art, Commissions, and Sweaters for Reptiles

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Original Art, Commissions, and Sweaters for Reptiles

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Announcement   15% of all sales will be donated to help hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. Please forgive my low inventory at the moment - I'm working on my senior thesis for my art degree!


Last updated on Feb 13, 2018

15% of all sales will be donated to help hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. Please forgive my low inventory at the moment - I'm working on my senior thesis for my art degree!


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Art. Biology. Curiosity.


In February of 2014, I took an environmental science class that resonated with me to the core. I saw that if I wanted to be able to work with wildlife and understand how best to conserve it, I would need a new degree: one in wildlife biology. But at the same time, I could not bear to think of abandoning my other dream, which had consumed most of my life: art. The simple act of making, of painting and drawing and knitting, was equally important for me to develop into a professional portfolio.

Both art and animals are passions, both bring me great joy, and both have bleak employment outlooks. So I made the daunting yet satisfying decision to pursue both, and attempt to earn two bachelor degrees simultaneously.

Now you are wondering, where do the snake sweaters come in?

Well, part of any science degree at most universities is lectures. So many, many lectures to sit through, and I being a visual learner and not an auditory learner, I found myself having trouble paying attention.

No matter how hard I focused on the professor, or the plainly designed powerpoint slides, I still found my mind drifting. I needed to be DOING something with my hands, but what?

I remembered that I had brought some giant knitting needles and some yarn with me to college, given to me by my grandmother. I figured, why not?

Over the following summer, I learned a lot about yarn, needle sizes, and reading patterns. I had knitted here and there in 2013, but I never succeeded in making anything beyond a very ill-fitting sweater for my cat. It was more of a cute curiosity than a serious hobby.

I splurged a little with my summer job money, and bought myself several sets of needles and crochet hooks. Through trial and error, I attempted and re-attempted patterns over and over until I got the hang of things.

Then I saw a post on tumblr, from a biology blog I followed, where the blog owner was joking that she wished she had a way to dress up her pet snake. She made the solid point that places like PetSmart really weren't catering to her.

I replied that I could easily make a sweater for a snake, it being a tube and all.

It turned into a real commission, and I was so excited that I also made the snake (named Jorgen) several hats and a scarf. Now you can see Jorgen in all the item posts I make on Etsy - he is the lovely ball python modeling a crown and the very first Snock.

Ah, yes, what is the origin of "snock"? Well I heard my boyfriend describe what I was knitting to one of his friends as "a snake sock... except with no foot," and the word "snock" came about from that train of thought.

**I am absolutely not the first person to get the amusing idea of knitting a sweater for a snake, but I am 100% positive I am the originator of the word "snock". Just for the record.**

So now, here we are. I make snocks in my spare time, from whatever yarn scraps I have, and people use them to dress up their dear and misunderstood pets.

However, I am completely willing and capable to make sweaters for other animals too - people included! Just send me a convo and we'll see what we can make together.

When I have the time, I also take art commissions, but these are usually rare and far between due to how much time I devote to each piece.

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Art tumblr: http://centaurii.tumblr.com/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/centauri_art
Behance: http://behance.net/centaurii

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  • Centauri

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    Art imitates life, or in my case, wildlife. I hope to share this with buyers through my original artwork & custom knitwear creations. I also donate proceeds from my sales to charity to support critical aid and conservation everywhere.

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Last updated on Dec 27, 2017
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Sizing details

I am dependent upon the measurements you give me for custom items. For snocks, please measure your snake around its widest point and ADD 0.5 inches (or 2.5 cm) to your final measurements, so that the snake can comfortably move through the snock. Take this circumference number and divide by 3.14 to give you the diameter for your snock. For example, a snake with a circumference of 6 inches, you would add 0.5 inches, then divide by 3.14 to get the final diameter of about 2 inches :)

Care instructions

For all handmade snocks, please hand-wash them with a tiny bit of animal-safe laundry detergent and let them air-dry. I do not always know the source or brand of yarn I use, as much of it was gifted to me or reclaimed from leftover stock: to prevent the colors from possibly running, wash all snocks separate from your other fabrics. If your snock becomes stained, look up stain removal methods for acrylic or acrylic blend yarns, as most of my yarn is acrylic-based.

Custom and personalized orders

ALL custom orders are handmade by me, and only me; I can physically only knit one item at a time. Because of this, there may be a delay of several weeks when I receive a large influx of orders. If you need an order completed quickly, please feel free to message me and inquire about my schedule - I will let you know if I am available to do a rush order.