Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky."
~Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Silent Noon
Dragonflies have an interesting history in our culture. Listen to what Wikipedia has to say on the topic:
For some Native American tribes they represent swiftness and activity, and for the Navajo they symbolize pure water. Dragonflies are a common motif in Zuni pottery; stylized as a double-barred cross, they appear in Hopi rock art and on Pueblo necklaces. It is said in some Native American beliefs that dragonflies are a symbol of renewal after a time of great hardship.
They also have traditional uses as medicine in Japan and China. In some parts of the world they are a food source, eaten either as adults or larvae; in Indonesia, for example, they are caught on poles made sticky with birdlime, then fried in oil as a delicacy.
Vietnamese people have a traditional way to forecast rain by seeing dragonflies: "Chuồn chuồn bay thấp thì mưa, bay cao thì nắng, bay vừa thì râm" (Dragonflies fly at low level, it is rainy; dragonflies fly at high level, it is sunny; dragonflies fly at medium level, it is shadowy).
In some parts of the world it is considered lucky to have a dragonfly land on you, even to the point of yielding seven years of good luck.
In the United States dragonflies and damselflies are sought out as a hobby similar to birding and butterflying, known as oding, from the dragonfly's Latin species name, odonata. Oding is especially popular in Texas, where 225 out of a total of 457 known species of odonates in the world have been observed. With care, dragonflies can be handled and released by Oders, like butterflies. The band, Coheed & Cambria, uses a dragonfly as one of their symbols.
Yesterday I put the finishing touches on Dragonfly, the pattern I have developed especially for EarthFaire. Ellen is one of my best vendors and she has long lamented the fact that so many of my beaded patterns are exclusive to Knitty Noddy. So I promised her an exclusive of her own.
Ellen has ordered lots of Schaefer's Anne yarn in this glorious seafoam green color, and (I believe - could be wrong - it has happened before- undoubtedly will again) she will be offering kits for the project in her store. Including the beads, which came out a little more than I intended.
Sorry, but the dragonfly's wings just HAVE to sparkle in the sun!
See what I mean?
pattern available at Earthfaire, on the sidebar (over there>>>>>) and on Ravelry
SKILLS NEEDED: crochet hook beading, beginning lace knitter
WRITTEN AND CHARTED DIRECTIONS
This one is knit all in one stretch - no grafting (YEAH!!) And the pattern is very repetitive: five repeats across, 30 repeats long.
The beading on the Anne is much easier than with the seasilk. Anne is a very fine weight fingering, thinner than most. Almost a lace weight.
In my humble opinion...for what it's worth...which isn't much...my opinion and a quarter will buy you a coke...in 1965...
Lots of impact for a little extra effort.
Hey! What's 6000 beads between friends?
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