You know how so many of us love dragonflies? Have dragonfly jewelry, fabric, tattoos? Well, it turns out the dragonflies love knitters right back. Last weekend, as I was knitting on the patio, a dragonfly perched right on my thigh and watched me knit for about two minutes. I didn't think anything of it until this morning, when another dragonfly (not that I can tell, really, it's not like I tag them) sat right on my baggie o'yarn while I knit and stared at me like he was mesmerized. Maybe the knitting motion hypnotizes them?
Nothing could make this little guy budge. When I pulled more yarn out of the bag, he just did a little logrolling and stayed put. Who knew knitting was so fascinating?
Until a big breeze came by and swept him up. That's when he flew over to my calf.
At that point, I was like, dude, I have to go to work. I can't be entertaining dragonflies all day. It doesn't pay well and it's hard to explain on your taxes.
I wasn't going to walk into the house wearing a dragonfly (fyi, that is where I draw the line), so I did a little yard-straightening-up. I thought the walking motion would joggle him into flying off, but instead he just hung out on my calf as I walked around the yard, doing a little weeding and watering. I sincerely hope my neighbors didn't see me, because they would just not understand walking around one's yard with a dragonfly on one's leg.
Finally, I really had to get in the shower and get ready to go. I held a piece of today's newspaper up to the dragonfly, and he walked right onto the Living/Arts section. Then I took the paper over to a shrub and he walked right onto a branch.
And then he flew away.