Think of a colour, any colour, and you can be sure that Camelia has already thought about it, and probably worn it too. She’s so stylish, she looks good in any colour combo and I had lots of fun making her in a variety of different shades.
Keeping the yarn tangle free while working the stripes requires a bit of patient untwisting at the end of every row so it’s always nice to have a cat around to make things ten times more complicated!
So far, I’ve made one with Orange accents…
…and purple accents, or is that more of a magenta?..
As you can see they love to climb so I thought I would take them for a little trip around the river where they could indulge in a bit of bark shinning and practice their camouflage skills too. Here’s how we got on!
First they had a little skulk around in the shadows.
Then we discovered some flower beds.
Pretty purple flowers for a purple toed chameleon.
A dash of fiery orange for this one.
Now the turquoise version proved to be a bit more of a problematic when it came to finding her dream home, but we eventually stumbled upon a rather good compromise in a bed of cornflowers which were the closest sort of blue we were likely to find around here.
The camoflage is a bit more convincing with the sun behind her.
In our ruminations about the possibility of a true turquoise flower we found out that there is actually such a thing on this planet. Its sprouts from the Jade Vine and is a native of the Philippines. Though they do grow in the rainforest biome of the Eden Project too. Either way – Cornwall or the Philippines – it’s a bit too far to travel on what was a weeknight so we ditched the idea of a real live photoshoot and settled for a bit of Photoshop instead.
Not a bad match huh? Now I know that the whole idea of a chameleon is that it fits itself into the surroundings but with this stubborn woolly species I’m afraid you just have to go that extra mile to make sure the surroundings fit the chameleon.
After finding their perfect, or near perfect, flower matches they had a good scuttle up a tree, basking in the very last of the setting sun.
Don’t you just love hot summer evenings?! I do hope we’re going to have quite few more of these yet.
After that it was time to head home. All the attention had gone right to the chameleon’s heads and they insisted I take a few more photos before bedtime.
The purple one was too tired to walk after the river lap so she jumped into a basket and chilled out for a while.
I hung her up in the tree where she could relax in style…
… and wait for the shadows to hide her away…
Now that’s a happy face if ever I saw one!