Artist Knits Cruelty-Free Anatomy Specimens For The Lab

These knitted creations smell like your favorite sweater - not formaldehyde.

Credit: aKNITomy

Credit: aKNITomy


Are you interested in science and cruelty-free living? We’ve found a product right up your alley, then.

Vermont-based knitter Emily Stoneking runs an anatomical knitting brand called aKNITomy, where she transforms colorful skeins of yarn into quite precise anatomical details of animals you’d normally be instructed to dissect in a lab. Her business creates specimens of rats, frogs, people, and other creatures (including aliens!).

“Welcome to the icky and cuddly world of knitted anatomy, where biology no longer smells like formaldehyde, but like your favorite sweater,” writes Stoneking at the Etsy shop’s announcement page.

Reports IFLScience, Stoneking – who is admittedly not a scientist – enjoys approximating the form and style visible in most anatomical illustrations with clear colors and distinct forms. The specimens may not be 100% accurate, but the knit animals are fun to look at nonetheless.

Credit: aKNITomy

Credit: aKNITomy

Credit: aKNITomy

Credit: aKNITomy

Credit: aKNITomy

Credit: aKNITomy

Credit: aKNITomy

Credit: aKNITomy

Credit: aKNITomy

Credit: aKNITomy

Credit: aKNITomy

Credit: aKNITomy

Credit: aKNITomy

Credit: aKNITomy

Credit: aKNITomy

Credit: aKNITomy

Credit: aKNITomy

Credit: aKNITomy

The creations are available as both completed pieces and downloadable patterns, so you can get your cruelty-free dissecting on with a PDF knitting guide. Patterns cost around $20, while pieces, like the alien autopsy, are being sold for $150

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