Here are a couple pictures of the Red Crowned Crane that I took at the San Diego Zoo a few years ago. I went up this path/road, and there was this bird that was bigger than a small child. It was quite inquisitive and friendly, and I think it was one of my favorite parts of the trip.
I am working on a design inspired by this bird, where it will be published I cannot disclose yet. When I know I will let you know. Unfortunately, I cannot share details on yarn and stitch pattern yet either. I can tell you that I am looking at fine gauge yarns, however, in fibers that drape.
I love the look on his face here. This bird is a very striking bird, and you don’t get the sense of that really from this angle but this is a more of what I would call a portrait shot. Distinguishing characteristics are lovely black plumage at the tail, black neck and feet, and the scarlet spot on the top of the head. I don’t actually know if this is a male or female.
I could go with a slick yarn, like Euroflax linen, or a blend like Terra from SWTC. I think something along those lines would suit the design best. It could have a very slight fuzz to it, but not a lot. I want it to have good stitch definition.
This is a very shapely bird too. I am pictureing a comfortable garment, not too structured but not too baggy. Too highly structured would not feel right, anymore than having something with no shape to it.
Cranes are symbolic in many Asian cultures. Red Crowned Cranes are supposed to be symbolic for Longevity, Marital Fidelity, and Luck. They are also symbolic of Immortality and nobility. This crane is also called the Japanese Crane or Manchurian Crane, is 55 inches tall, and can weigh up to 22lb (although some males have been up to 33 lb).
The scarlet patch on top of their head gets red whenever they are angry or excited, although this bird seemed so calm the whole time I was there I never would have guessed either was the case. I wasn’t making any noise, and I was the only person there. It was quiet, and I wasn’t flapping my arms or trying to gesture or call to it. It walked right up to me and turned it’s head, this way and that. We had a Zen moment. At least I did.
Peace and Knitting, JoLene Treace