Yamorichan (Little Gecko)

23 Mar

Yamorichan 2

I love geckos. (Probably pretty obvious given the moniker for my blog.) Even though I have a cat, the gecko is my favorite critter. There is something soothing about the clik-clik-clik they make while I’m sleeping in a thatched bamboo hut on a South-East Asian beach knowing that they are dining on all the pesky mosquitos that might otherwise dine on me. It’s nice coming back to a place being greeted by these little creatures who so unassumedly take care of me.

I always feel lucky whenever I find a gecko or anole in my house.

Once when I was living in Florida, a lizard fell on my head in the shower. I shrieked, but was happy knowing that it was there. Another time in Japan I noticed my cat playing with something (I thought it was a string or a cat-toy). Upon closer examination, it was a gecko. Machan (the cat) had laid into him, biting off his tail. There was blood on the carpet. She just didn’t get that the gecko was a friend — keeping the demon-like spitting mukade (poisonous centipedes) and mosquitos at bay. Luckily I found him in time, gently putting him outside and hoping for his recovery. I kept seeing him around my front door that summer, somewhat battered –but still alive– and I never had one single mukade the entire summer.

If there is such a thing as an animal totem, the gecko (or lizard) is defintely mine. They are said to be intuitive, sensing things that happen around them which may not be readily apparent. They are creatures of change, growth and dreams. What to one person may seem a slithery thing, to me is a sleek and shimmering animal of beauty — agile, knowing and patient (qualities which I don’t necessarily posses, but rather aspire to).

For years I had been drawing little geckos in notebooks without really thinking. I love having anything gecko around me (as long as it’s not Southwest-style kitsch). When I decided to get a tattoo about 10 years ago. I thought about it deeply. Ankh or yin-yang symbol — too common. Japanese kanji (character) — not quite right. Then one day I saw a temporary gecko tattoo and it just felt right. If I was going to get permanently inked, the gecko was it — we ‘cliked’. Now with the gecko permanently affixed to my left shoulder, I know that it is my animal, that if it is at all possible, we are linked in spirit.

I’m not one to have super cutsy things in my house. Although I love designing toys and such, they are usually meant for others. But, just once, I wanted to create one just for me, something that would follow me throughout the day, and my latest amigurumi, Yamorichan, (‘little lizard’ in Japanese) was born. He rests on my handbrake, reminding me (although often unsuccessfully!) to remain patient and aware. Keeping me safe from the blood-sucking LA drivers, bringing me back to the peace and tranquility I found on the beach in a thatched hut.


(Yamorichan Handbrake Cozy)

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23 Responses to “Yamorichan (Little Gecko)”

  1. asploded March 29, 2007 at 2:38 am #


  2. geckogrrl March 29, 2007 at 7:05 am #


  3. lydigann April 3, 2007 at 3:34 am #

    Yamorichan is super cute! And I think a handbrake is the perfect place for him to chill out…

  4. Mia April 23, 2007 at 11:24 pm #

    How super cute is he! I love his toes too, you did a great job.

  5. gnat August 1, 2007 at 2:01 pm #

    how cute! That’s one critter i wouldn’t mind seeing in my house!

  6. merstethy August 3, 2008 at 5:16 am #


  7. Alice M Lawrence August 3, 2008 at 2:53 pm #

    Oh my gosh..I want this pattern too badly. How can I get it?

  8. geckogrrl August 4, 2008 at 2:23 am #

    Hey Alice. I actually made up this little guy. If you are interested, drop me your email address when you make a comment (it shouldn’t show on the blog) and I can try to write up a pattern for you….

  9. Liz August 19, 2008 at 10:17 pm #

    I love geckos, an have been searching for a amigurumi lizard pattern that I could convert into a gecko. Would you mind writing up the pattern for me? I’d be forever thankful!

  10. dawn t. November 9, 2008 at 6:38 pm #

    Oh please please!!! I LOVE this little gecko!!!! Would you please be able to send me a pattern of this??? I’ve been searching and searching forever for a amiguri gecko!!!

  11. titemoku December 13, 2008 at 11:36 am #

    I’m looking for gecko for christmas gift for my father (he loves gecko and iguana), could you send me the pattern please?


  12. Gary January 18, 2009 at 3:03 pm #

    Hey thats a great looking gecko. If you have had a chance to create a pattern for him would you please be kind enough to email it me? We have half a dozen geckos as pets so he’l be in good company!

    • Lois K May 30, 2009 at 8:33 am #

      I would very much like to have the pattern if you can send it to me. I have a bunch of the little critters in my back yard. I am just starting to make these small items. They are so cute.

  13. Mikah May 30, 2009 at 11:48 am #

    I just wanted to drop you a quick line because you’ve made me feel a lot better than I did about ten minutes ago. I’m in Belize right now, it’s my first time in the tropics, and last night I found a gecko in my bed and it freaked me out terribly. Then I started googleing geckos as animal totems and came across this and reading that you feel it’s lucky to find a gecko in your house, and reminding me that they’re going to be eating the bugs that could actually get me sick, made me feel a lot better. So thanks!

  14. Karin July 5, 2009 at 8:05 pm #

    It’s just lovely! Could I please have the pattern? It feels like I’ve searched forever for a amigurumi-gecko.

  15. CL November 19, 2009 at 5:37 pm #

    I’ve been on the hunt for a lizard pattern and this fits the bill – is it possible for you to send me the pattern? It’s way too cute!!!!!

  16. Toni December 10, 2009 at 5:33 am #

    Hi, my sister is in love with Geckos, is it possible for you to send the pattern, I would love to make this for her birthday. He’s gorgeous

  17. geckogrrl January 3, 2010 at 6:25 am #

    Hi CL and Toni.I have been trying to make up a pattern, but still haven’t gotten around to it. (Work, laid off husband and a kiddo have made it difficult….) I think I might have some time soon and/or I can look at my gecko and count up how he was made (it was so long ago, I’ve forgotten…) Thanks for reminding me! =)

  18. Mercedes May 18, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

    Hola! Por favor podrísa mandrme los gráficos, patron o instruccioines de todo lo relacionadoa laagrtos, iguans, etc que tengas?
    Mi hijo es fanático, y quiero tejerle algo, por ahora solo tiene colección de iguanas de plástico
    Mil gracias!!!

  19. distractible-me October 26, 2011 at 2:29 pm #


    just wondering if you ever wrote up a pattern for this? I’d love to make it!!

    Natalie <

  20. yasmin April 3, 2012 at 12:52 am #

    hi there,

    this is so cute, my daughter loves geckos and little reptiles. Where can I get the pattern for this?


    • geckogrrl May 17, 2012 at 4:30 am #

      Hi Yasmin. Thanks! I haven’t written up a pattern for it. Maybe some day!

      • yasmin June 25, 2012 at 4:02 am #

        okay thanks!

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