I held two strands of different shades of green and one strand of blue yarn together as I knit the body. head and tail. The underbelly was knit using knitting needles and yellow yarn and I just sewed it right to the belly. At each step in the creation of this dragon I had to visual how I wanted a particular part to look, and then figure out the best method to use to achieve that look. It was a bit like sculpting in polymer clay, actually. I used a small knitting loom to create his haunches and knit his lower legs with needles, then sewed all the parts to the dragon, shaping as I attached them.
I needle sculpted his face to get the right shape and even knit a red tongue for him. His oversized ears add to the whimsical look. I want Morgan to smile every time he sees this dragon ;-) I cut out green felt and attached the eyes through the felt. This gives a little more definition to the eyes and also ensures that they won't pull out through the stitches in the yarn.
I knit yellow triangles for spike and for the tip of his tail. I wanted to have a nice bright, cheerful color. I know Morgan likes blue and green dragons (they're the good ones, according to him), and I think the yellow is a nice contrast to these colors.
The only thing that isn't knit from yarn on the dragon are the wings. I chose to sew them from green and blue fleece instead. I sewed pipe cleaners between the layers of fleece to help support the wings and allow them to hold their shape.
I can attest to the fact that this dragon is a lot of fun to play with too ;-) I can't wait to see my friend and her family, and get Morgan's reaction to his new friend! I'm already thinking about making a knight to go with the dragon. That might be a good gift for Christmas. One of the many things I love about Morgan is that he really appreciated the gifts he's given, and he plays with them for years. He still plays with the first toy I made for him!
Thanks for joining me for another creative adventure into the land of fantasy! ;-)