Sunday 15 April 2018

Tortoise's Big Day Out

As promised my hand-knitted tortoise had a trip out to meet some real tortoises. They really are amazing and beautiful creatures. Most of these photographs show the baby tortoises, who are just a few years old. 

My friend got two rescue tortoises, and these babies were hatched from their eggs over more than one year. The baby tortoises were easier to photograph than the adults, as they were more eager to come out of their shells. They were also really pretty speedy. As you can see from the photo below where I was trying to get them lined up following my tortoise.

I finally succeeded.

This photo below is with one of the parents, I think Mum. My pattern for a handknit tortoise is for sale on ravelry, Etsy, and LoveKnitting. 100% of the fees for this pattern will be donated to the Tortoise Rescue Plymouth.

Just a reminder that you can still join in my Ginx Woolly Linx party for April. Click on the photo above or at the top of the page to find the party. I would love to see what you have been working on this month.


  1. I love tortoises!!!! We've had one once, but he died after a short wintersleep. I remember him getting lost in our garden en we were searching for hours to find him, looking under bushes and flowers.. Then we discovered him behind a litter bin where he got stuck. I think these animals are so smart and special. Your knitted one looks fabulous! The right colours and so much work! Amazing!

    1. My friends two adult tortoise, who live outside, have trackers on their shells so they can find them. The babies live inside, and just go out for outings.

  2. SWOOON!!!!! Tortoises are my kids' favorite! Going to check your pattern out!

  3. That's the cutest thing ever, you've made my day! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week!

  4. It’s amazing how you got the gradients of color in the shells just right. You are such an incredibly talented knitter.

  5. Adorable -- both the real and the knitted! Your artistry and originality continues to amaze me.
    My Saturday Snapshot post features a birthday party at the Little Gym

  6. That is awesome! I love the picture of them all lined tortoises! Your pattern is adorable...

  7. Brilliant, what a fantastic photoshoot!

  8. Absolutely adorable. My favourite photo is when all the tortoises are following each other in a line! This is the cutest thing I've seen all day x Amazing!