This was actually the second project I ever started. Technically, she has the front end of a zebra and the back end of a walrus, since those are the patterns from World of Knitted Toys I used. I started knitting the walrus tail and then switched to the horse partway through. Originally I switched too soon and wound up with a freakishly short tail. So I gave up and set her aside until, a month or so later, it occured to me I could probably cut her up, put her back on the needles, add extra length to the section in the middle, and then graft the two halves back together again. Once the nice people here confirmed this was possible, I plunged right in. The grafting turned out not to be that bad (I just chanted "knit purl purl knit" over and over to myself like a madwoman) but putting the needles through the fabric and then ripping the center section out was miserable. Who invented Homespun, and can I hurt them? I'm surprised people manage to knit prayer shawls out of this stuff: the things *I* was thinking while working with the yarn were not religious in nature. :-)
I'm doubly pleased with myself since besides learning new skills, it feels really good to have gotten something nice out of a project I'd originally given up on.
I'll end with a warning: if you try to knit one of the larger animals in World of Knitted Toys in bulky yarn instead of the DK it calls for, you may end up with a toy larger than the child it's intended for. I mean, I knew using a bulky yarn would make the thing bigger. I just didn't realize HOW MUCH bigger. Luckily she's for me and not for a child. :-)
Yarn: Lion Brand Homespun in Gothic. Mane, hooves, and tail are Lion Suede in black.
This is a Darigan Peophin from Neopets, for comparison purposes.
Here's my knit Darigan Peophin. The head seems rather large to me and the legs rather small. Looking at it I sort of suspect that the straight-up zebra pattern might look a bit like a weiner zebra. (Also note I shortened the neck considerably from what's called for in the pattern.)
Me and my Peophin (before I gave her pupils), which should give you some idea how big she is.
Head shot. :-)