Thursday, 22 August 2013

Lizard


Wild Lizard Photo Taken in France

My latest knitting pattern has really been a labour of love. I have interspersed some photographs I managed to take of a lizard in the garden in France on my recent holiday. It seemed such a coincidence to be sitting in a garden with real lizards as I was knitting mine.


Several years ago my son pestered and pestered for a pet lizard. I was not too keen, but have to say from the moment we got Noel, the green anole lizard, I was completely captivated. We had him for several years, but he unfortunately passed away last winter. 


What I really liked about him was the way he moved. He would stalk his prey (small crickets) around his tank, and moved in such an intelligent way. And when he was happy you could really tell, as out would pop his flaming pink dewlap (a small piece of skin at his throat).


This is a fairly straightforward knit. I used two double-point needles, as there is some icord knitting. I tend to use double-points for a lot of my knits now as they are conveniently short. The body of the lizard is knitted in two pieces, so there is some seaming, and the legs are knitted separately and have to be attached. I tried other ways, but this seemed to give the best result. I used craft eyes and beads, but if you are going to give this to a small child it is probably best to sew the eyes with wool.


These sample lizards are for sale in my Etsy shop.


42 comments:

  1. the feet!!!!!!!! I love the feet!!!!

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  2. Very Cool. I love lizards. I used to have a pet Iguana.

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  3. Very cute! I need to learn to knit!

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  4. He's wonderful. So cute.

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  5. So cute. I love lizards.

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  6. Adorable. My son would just love these. He's mad about lizards too. He's got loads of toy ones that he plays with. Not a real one cos the dog would probably eat it!!
    Rosie xx

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  7. I love these little lizards. I can imagine them with pipe cleaners and magnets in their feet doing all sorts of cool things across the front of my fridge!

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  8. Your lizzards are so cool, I love them!

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  9. Oh, he is great! Wonderful pattern!

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  10. They are just lovely. Are they climbing through a fig tree? If so, have you had any ripe figs yet? I'm waiting for ours to turn (probably being impatient as always).

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  11. Your lizards are great, but your embroidered pin cushions really speak to me. lovely!

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  12. your lizards are really lovely!!!!!!
    xxxx Ale

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  13. Um, I usually find lizards quite scary but knitted ones are, well cute!

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  14. I do not mind lizards-your knitted ones are darling.

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  15. Another well executed knitted creature. You're so clever making these patterns up.

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  16. I love that lizard, does he eat spiders? Home overrun, so if he'd like a new home he's welcome here!

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  17. Woolly lizards definitely look more cuddly than the real thing!

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  18. You are so very clever but I can't help but think crochet would be an easier medium. I only say this because I knitted my boys small creatures but now use crochet. What you do is unique and not everyone can knit so I really hope you don't think that I am trying to undermine what you are doing. I really admire you.

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  19. oooh i love these!! Lizards are one of my favourite animals, i've never owned one as a pet but i love to catch a glimpse of them in the wild. You are so clever with designing these things! x

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  20. WOW!!! I have been having a ball going through your delightful blog. First of all I want to compliment you on your photography . . . Outstanding!
    Your blog is so full of uniqueness, there are so many fresh ideas. I am hooked, and have just become your newest follower. I would love to invite you over to follow me back. I love making new creative friends.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  21. they are super cute and cozy those knitted fellas of yours :)

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  22. Brilliant, lizards are fascinating things but I'm not sure I could keep a real one. Better to have a knitted version as I'm sure they are easier to look after!

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  23. Fabulous lizards, and a really great idea to photograph them out in the garden.

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  24. These look so fiddly but are so cute! I'm amazed at the way you are able to conjure these patterns up.

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  25. They looks fabulous! They are super - adorable!

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  26. The lizards look amazing. I love all the different colours.
    Ali x

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  27. Wow, your lizards are so super cute.
    Clare x
    http://summerhousebythesea.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. I never thought I'd say this about a lizard but they're so cute !!!!

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  29. Love your lizards, you have done an amazing job!

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  30. Ah! So sweet. I think my kids would love to find this guy in their stockings on Christmas morn.

    His little fingers are slaying me. Cute, cute, cute.

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  31. Very cute! And I am not a lizard fan!

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  32. Toooo cute! What a great blog find!!! :-D.

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  33. so cute and clever! you are a wizz!

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  34. So adorable!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  35. Cute lizards! I really like the blue/gray lizard. I snapped a picture the other day of a lizard hanging out on my front door! And a couple years ago, a lizard ran into my apartment while I was signing a package with the mailman. I was so glad that I had a cat at the time, and he caught the lizard, and we released it back outside unharmed. :-) Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!

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