Sep 9, 2008
Gauntlets and Dragons
Ok, so they aren't gauntlets, they're fingerless gloves. I've been in love with the Dashing pattern forever. When Sunne sent me some beautiful Olive colored cashmere in the PRGE awhile back, I knew that it'd be perfect for that pattern. The yarn was put aside for later, and I added Dashing to my Ravelry queue. Now...if you clicked on that link to my post about this, you may have noticed that I received this yarn over a year ago. That was back before I even had a "to use soon bag"; which is, by the way, now a box. Still, I kept the cashmere close, knowing I'd use it soon. So, when I finished the handspun bag and the tam and I was left with nothing to knit, I knew that it was time. I started them on Friday with TS Hanna looking over my shoulder. Having something soft and soothing to knit really helped me out that night. They came in really useful as therapy (despite the fact that I kept making stupid mistakes and having to rip back) again when I made Mr. Shad take Nolan to the hospital Sunday night. I finished the second glove while waiting for them to return home. Don't worry, he just has croup. It's the first time I've dealt with that and it really freaked me out. He was struggling to breathe and having intercostal retractions. Which, if you've never seen that before, can be frightening for a mother. He's running around like a madman today and trying to break everything though.
Somewhere in the midst of that, I started a dragon...a CROCHETED dragon! I love the amigurumi, they're adorable and even though I suck at crocheting, they still end up on my queue. Well, while perusing I saw a dragon. Very cute, but kinda expensive for a pattern I'll use once. Too bad Kyran saw it too, he insisted I make him a dragon. After a quick Rav pattern search, I found this! Super adorable and FREE! Must make. The only problem was I didn't have a whole lot of random green acrylic yarn. Tons of green wool yarn, but not acrylic. Went to my bag of random acrylics and found several colors, I asked Kyran which one he wanted and he said "I want black with red feet". Uh...sure, I can do that. At first I was cursing his color choice (stupid black yarn, can't see what I'm doing, hard to photograph *insert mumbling under breath*), but when I went to sew it all together I was really glad. Because you can't see the random stitches either. Also, it came in handy for the spine, which is actually knitted. Didn't really like the big fat spines, plus Tinky (that's what Kyran named him) is a rather smallish dragon. So I made like I was doing the starting triangles for entrelac, but bound off each triangle as I went. They get progressively smaller too. Because I can do that. The wings were modded slightly from this dragon pattern. Which kinda looks like eeyore with wings, you can thank Mouse for that astute insight. She's right though, it does.... Go to my Ravelry page on Tinky if you want to know what I did for the wings. They are a little different than the ones in that pattern. Really, a very little. I think that's all really. Oh, I positioned Tinky with his thumb in his mouth, I thought it was kinda funny considering Ky is a thumb sucker.
Mr. Shad was right, he does look kind of like a dinosaur.
Labels: crochet, Dashing, dragon, fingerless gloves