|Showing off the gradient|
|with a dragom|
Step 1) photograph roving braid with a dragon. (non-essential step; potentially too much extra work for a lazy dragon)
Step 2) unbraid the roving until you have a crazy long length that requires you to stand on a chair as it drapes over your neck.
Step 3) find the mid point of the roving and pull apart into 2 still-long lengths
Last step could be avoided with two braids for a larger project.
|One half with the darker end and pinky middle|
|Second half with the yellowish end and pinky middle|
I chose to split the darker half for the bottom of my shawl (where the design begins).
|roughly equal length-wise halves|
|Fluffy tuft folded in half and waiting to be spun.|
I later made smaller tufts by pinching from the tip. Those were easier to work with.
|Spinning on a medium sized Turkish spindle from Thomas Creations/ThreadsThruTime|
Step 7) (again, optional) photograph finished 'turtle' of yarn
|Pretty ounce of yarn on the spindle|
|underside of the yarn to see colours|
|some Thomas Creations / TTT spindle pron|
Having completed the first section of yarn, it's time to start knitting. After swatching on different yarn, I went back to a familiar stitch that does wonderful things to handspun singles and provides glorious texture and depth to a knit project.
Step 8) Start knitting from the Turkish ball of yarn. This is an essential step. There's no rewinding for a Lazy Dragon. No skeining or setting the twist. You must knit straight from the spun ball. If you spin with a different tool, I suppose you may have to rewind it. Or go get a turkish spindle.
|underside of knitting to keep some things secret!|