"There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere . . . "
- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
It's boggling how much these little guys grooooooooow in water. Have I mentioned lately that I adore this Morehouse wool? Granted, it explodes into pure sheep parts if you breathe on it. But the finished product comes together as a lovely fabric, once you get there.
Jack's poor little green dragon scarf (one of those sad UFO Holiday '07 gifts that didn't quite make it) looks about as pitiful as I feel.
A bath and block will whip him right into shape. Were it so easy for me to get rid of my "pitifuls!" Ben has succumbed to his own adaptation of the Plague, so it is unclear now who is taking care of who. Cough meds all around and keep your Kleenex to yourself.
In the meantime, I began some comfort knitting to get me through the first of three "intensive" courses at school this term.
This was another pattern from Morehouse Farms procured during Rhinebeck festivities, again using their 3 strand worsted merino, on size 7 needles this time. I used all of one skein for the body and just a touch of the contrasting color for head and tail. I added about three extra body segments (I knit body until I ran out of yarn).
The pattern couldn't be simpler. I need to block to rid the tail of curl but otherwise I have another holiday present ready to scamper.
This little Rhinebeck dragon practically knit himself off of my needles. I swear, those scaly ridges couldn't have appeared faster with Molly Weasley's magical techniques.
(He's not two-headed - I flipped him around. But I bet you could make a two-headed dragon if you wanted!)
Four days of minimal knitting time and we have dragon! This wee fellow will encircle the neck of a very excited little boy come the holidays. This is my first time tackling "holiday knitting" and I am pleasantly surprised.
The info: while I purchased my Dragon kit at the soon to be defunct B&M Morehouse Farm store during my Rhinebeck excursion, you can get yours at Brooklyn General! Yes, that's right - no need to trek hours north or splurge for shipping via the internet. Just jump the F train to Brooklyn (F? R? Someone help me out here. I suck at Brooklyn, but I can find BG. Although sometimes I need to call for directions.)
This guy is knit from 3 strand worsted weight merino on size 6 needles and I added about seven extra spikes. I had plenty of yarn left over and next time I will add even more spikes for length and give size 7 needles a whirl.
The only problems I encountered were occasional gaps in stitches where each spike ended. Some of these I fixed as I went; a few others had to be stitched closed after I finished the scarf.
The Morehouse 3 strand is very fluffy and tears if you breathe on it, so knit gently, especially during 3 needle bind offs or you'll end up with fluff in your nose and an unraveling dragon. However, the soft, floaty yarn suits the motif and the target audience.
Blocking is essential to open the dragon's body. The wool dries fast and doesn't need much (if any) pinning.