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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Another weekend of Geckos!

Most years we go to a Geckofest in Germany...this always seems to be potentially terrifically exciting...but generally isn't!

This year it was to be held in Berlin...but was actually 70 kilometers north of Berlin in a small village....the drive by taxi there and back was beautiful....still sounds exciting...except that it is always held on the Whit Bank Holiday weekend so that all the enthusiasts can get to the far so good...but previous experience has taught me that in a small place the shops all close at 12pm on the Saturday and nothing opens again until Tuesday.. I sometimes think that they roll up the streets and all go and enjoy themselves somewhere else.

Even the garden centers close which is the exact opposite to my country where they would expect to do great business on a holiday weekend.

So on Saturday morning I have to make a I go and look for shops(which can be very interesting) or do I stay at the Saturday morning in when the breeders show their geckos and is the best bit for me. The rest of the time is spent listening to German in a darkened room. Honestly there are only so many slides of geckos and where they are found, that I can take...especially when I can't understand the commentary.

There are only 2 other people from England out of about 70 who go and they are now great friends who make it worth while for me.

Well... a year or so ago I decided that I would tat geckos to take to the Geckofest. I always look for gecko souvenirs there, so I would show something new to interest gecko enthusiasts or their families.

I tatted like a mad thing and produced a box full of geckos...all different...which means that I didn't actually want to part with any of them!!

You can see them here and here and here and here, and finally here...that's for all the people new to my blog who didn't know that I am mad about well as being just mad!!

So having tatted all those geckos we didn't get to the meeting last year after all!!
This year I almost didn't make it either. It was only the very day before the flight that I was deemed fit to fly and so it was all a bit of a rush to get ready. Hubby desperately proud of my geckos wanted me to take them, so unprepared as I was I did.

I had intended mounting them on card with an explanation of the history of the pattern and the designer and about the thread, producing a poster to many knots they took and that they had Swarovski crystals, hand dyed thread, blah blah blah, but only managed to make a laminated sheet of a collage of my geckos.

In truth is that I didn't want to part with any of them, but if I was going to, then it would be to someone who appreciated all the work and skill that went into making them and was prepared to value my time and skill.

And so I spent the Saturday morning tatting a gecko, a lot of people were interested and I soon sold one to a lovely fella for his wife who was the gecko enthusiast. he asked her first if she liked it. I could have sold a lot a lady thought she was going to buy one for 30 cents....I don't think so!!! I am still laughing at that! and I was happy to keep my work for another day.

I did give tatted butterflies to everyone who admired my work tho'.

So would you like to see the gecko that I tatted.

In my gecko tatting season last year I designed a new tail for Jane's pattern (Pamela's Gecko)to make a Leaf Tail Gecko..then I ran out of steam and never actually showed it to Jane...I never even scanned here is my original Leaf Tailed Gecko...

This is a real Leaf Tail Gecko

They don't all have such a big tail as this one.....

and this is my interpretation. Grey was the only suitable thread that I had and it was my intention to dye some thread for the purpose.

and yes Jane I did write out the pattern! but my drawing isn't much good.

For the meeting I asked himself...who knows these things what colour I should use. Unfoetunately he replied all Leaf tails are nocturnal and tend to be grey or brown.


Well I had a 15 yd sample that I made way back last year and called Elephant Browns and that would be perfect.
Unfortunately by the end of the weekend I had run out of thread...will I be able to remember what it was???? I do have a record of the dyeing and the thread was Coats Aida 20 in a fawn colour that I didn't use much ..just to see what it would look like. Aida seems to be thicker than my normal thread and so the gecko is bigger and needed more thread.

Here he is...poor little soul..he is 'armless!! He has lovely nocturnal like opalescent eyes...part of the fun is choosing the eyes and the beads and the Swarovski's.

Here is a taster of some baby geckos at the show......

They are Knob Tailed Geckos from Western Australia....several generations ago for these little fellas as they are captive bred. So many geckos species will survive due to the skills of these enthusiasts.

Goggle Knob tailed Gecko to see how gorgeous they are.

I think I need to a block tatting gecko pattern to produce these stripes....anyone, anyone!!!

You must be tired of reading about geckos so I will save what I tatted next until another day.

So did I enjoy my weekend...well yes i suppose enough to consider going again next year!!.....I soon forget the boring bits!!

The Hotel hosting the meeting was on the banks of a canal and it was lovely to sit out in the sunshine and watch the boats go by and under a fabulous old lifting bridge.

Before the bridge is a lock where the water level is raised and lowered.

The weather was lovely except that at about 5 to 6pm the sky often goes black and is followed by sheeting rain, thunder and lightening...the exact opposite of here where at that time a dull rainy day will often brighten into sunshine and give a lovely evening.
May/June is Spargal season.... white asparagas so we always have to have some.

I can understand why the village closes down as the people go out and enjoy themselves.

Even the hotel was decorated to look like a boat.

Next year the meeting will be in Dresden.....or somewhere nearish!!!


  1. All of your tatted geckos are lovely! 30 cents?! That person obviously does no handwork! It looks like you had beautiful weather, and wonderful scenery... I love the picture of the bridge!

  2. Wow, that's A LOT of geckos!

  3. Thanks Diane, the 30 cents was too funny for words.The bridge was fabulous I couldn't stop taking photos of it.

    Hi Chic, and there are another 3 just joining them! I am back to loving tatting geckos again....I had to try to remember how to get the beads in the rings, while I was away.

  4. Wonderful and educational post! I have never seen a leaf tail gecko cool! And your interpretation in tatting is wonderful! I'm glad you were able to go even though it was last minute.

  5. Pam. I loved reading all of your stories and seeing all of your pictures. I also loved looking at the real and tatted geckos. Fergus Og and Connor Macleod when on another adventure. It was fun you can read about that adventure on my blog.
    Keep posting for I love all of the things you write. Maybe someday I will get lucky to go to Ireland and the UK again. I am hoping. Mabye I will be able to meet you in person. Now wouldn't that be fun??

  6. What a cool post! That 'armless, kind of 'eadless gecko looks like he'll be beautiful if you can come up with some more thread. Love the opal eye.

    It sounds like you had a great time in Germany. I wanna go next time! Hahahaha! at the lady who wanted to pay 30 cents. Obviously clueless. Personally, I would have been insulted by that.

    All the different species (both living and tatted) of geckos are fascinating. I'll have to google the knobtail to see what they look like fully grown.

    Glad you're back!

  7. **Geckofest** I really want to go to geckofest! I love geckos - and the way they can walk up glass and walls is pretty amazing too. Such cool critters! The tatted ones are adorable too - and at least you don't have to breed crickets and other bugs for them to eat:)

  8. Our house geckos here in Brisbane are fat and pink! Not as prolific in numbers this year, as they have been in the past. We are quite fond of our inside geckos, my son, when he was younger, used to hand feed tham because he worried about their diets!
    Hmmm, I think perhaps I should become an enthusiast too, if it will take me to a beautiful German village!
    SIL's father comes from Dresden, so I'm already looking forward to next years' post - don't get sick!

  9. Really? Shops close for the holiday???? In the US, everything from Independence Day to Groundhog Day is grounds for a huge sale and extended hours! They only close for Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving, and then only for the actual day, not a whole weekend.

    Love the geckos!

  10. 30 cents! That is hilarious! Your tatted geckos are wonderful. Just great. And I love the pictures of the real McCoy! I have always loved these little guys! Fox : )

    And , yes, your posting was good reading and very educational!


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