Charles asked a while back in a comment if I had ever done an "Original Character" pony...there are a few sites online where you can pick and choose colors and hairstyles and stuff and make your own My Little Pony. (Of course, people with the time and ability - and a drawing tablet or good scanner - can draw their own).
I had made one. I guess I had never posted it here, only on the Ponies group on Ravelry, but here she is:
Now I'm not sure why I used an Earth Pony; I think if I could choose I'd want to be a Pegasus. Because of the ability to fly. (And the ability to, for example, soar up and find some nice quiet cloud when your neighbor's stupid yap-dog won't stop BARKING and they're not home for you to be able to ask them to take the beast in for just 45 minutes so you can have a little peace).
But I remember the reasons for the other stuff....I used my school colors (yellow and blue) for her color scheme, mainly because I couldn't really think of one I liked better. And I tried to make her hair look as much like the way I wear my hair most days. And she wears glasses. And a watch, because despite the prevalence of computer-based clocks or clocks on cell phones, I still have to have a wristwatch.
I didn't give her a cutie mark, partly because the uploading process for one at that time was kind of difficult (and I was working on my home computer, which tends to be slow with graphical stuff). But mainly, I couldn't decide. On the ponies, the "cutie mark" is kind of a....I don't know, a stamp of who they are. And while the current generation are far from being one-dimensional (One-trick ponies? Heh.), still, I couldn't decide, there were so many ideas I had....a ball of yarn. Or a quilt block. Or a book. Or even a soil invertebrate, or something else indicative of my research. (Though I'm not sure going through life with a centipede effectively tattooed on one's flank is something I'd want).
Though I will say I recently thought of something. A few years back, when friends and I were discussing back and forth "If you were a superhero, what would you be like?" I came up with Scholastica, whose main power was making people think clearly and logically (she did so by applying her hand to their forehead: kind of a similar principle to Wonder Woman's Lariat of Truth*). And the symbol she'd have on her costume would be a lamp of knowledge, kind of like this:
So maybe that's the name of the Pony I created up there, and the lamp of knowledge would be her cutie mark, seeing as I learn and teach for a living, and also, I just really enjoy learning stuff, whether or not it applies to my career. (Hence the dozens and dozens of history books on my shelf).
(*Heh. I just realized: Applejack's "element" is Honesty, and she is shown regularly wielding a lariat, as she is a cowgirl. I wonder if that's just a coincidence or if it's a very subtle allusion)
I've also played with the idea of other pony characters. I admit, this is a little embarrassing to admit, but other people do it, so maybe it's not as odd as I think. One would be a very light gray Pegasus pony with a slightly curly pink mane (Not Pinkie Pie pink, sort of a soft coral pink). Her name would be Pageturner and she'd have a book as her cutie mark. And she works as a librarian....in the town of Whinnywood. (Oklahomans will get that little allusion). Except, I think Pageturner is already taken by someone else as a pony name.
I was also thinking of another Pegasus just last night. (It was storming, I couldn't sleep for the noise....so I tell myself stories to hopefully be able to sleep). Her name is Nimbus. She's a very pale gold color with a light blue mane and tail with white streaks, and her cutie mark is her cloud namesake. She's just a little smaller than most Pegasi, but she's very fast. Her best friend is a black Pegasus stallion named Moonshroud, who has a turquoise mane....
It's funny I've never invented a unicorn character yet, because unicorns have the big advantage of being able to do magic and move things using the power of their horns....if you were a Pony and wanted to knit, you'd probably have to be a unicorn.
Actually, I'd really like to be an "Alicorn" (winged unicorn) if I were going to be a pony...because of both being able to fly and the magic. Except, it seems like being an alicorn carries a lot of responsibility with it; you're expected to watch over an awful lot.
I need to get a few more things done in my project list, but I AM going to start either a Lyra or a DJ PON-3 one of these days, soon.