Category: Experiments

Group Therapy Experiment

We have taken it upon ourselves to solve the anxiety problem on a certain social network for those waiting for groups to be approved. Since neither I nor any of the test subjects are qualified or educated in any kind of therapy except for retail therapy, and also because of our limited grant funding, we chose the medication route and are pleased to introduce you to our new designer drugs.

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 From a pool of 100 points possible for each test subject, Chris has earned 98 points for her new Chill Pill. You can tell it's a chill pill because by the final phase, it is wearing a lovely coat and hat and seems much happier. I had to subtract 50 points from Chris for scaring the stuffing out of us with her second failed project, otherwise known as "the blue one," because it looked like a bomb about to explode. It turns out it was just a clock. But the mess of overturned tables and chaos cost us extra in janitorial funds. I did give her a bonus of 51 points for the cute outfit on this successful pill though. Total points = 99. Well done, @Ms_Awesome !

From a pool of 100 points possible for each test subject, Chris has earned 98 points for her new Chill Pill. You can tell it’s a chill pill because by the final phase, it is wearing a lovely coat and hat and seems much happier. I had to subtract 50 points from Chris for scaring the stuffing out of us with her second failed project, otherwise known as “the blue one,” because it looked like a bomb about to explode. It turns out it was just a clock. But the mess of overturned tables and chaos cost us extra in janitorial funds. I did give her a bonus of 51 points for the cute outfit on this successful pill though. Total points = 99. Well done, Chris!

*Above photo belongs to Chris Fischer and used here with permission.

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Ashley scored 80 points right off the bat with her new Chill Pill. He was totally unexpected and I had to award her 20 bonus points for being the first to complete the experiment as well as her very cool details of shades, lips, hair and beach towel. He is guaranteed to help people chill and relax! 🙂 Total points = 100! Fabulous and creative work!

*Above photo belongs to Ashley Wagner and is used here with permission.

 

Clair has been awarded 49 points for these shell-shocked chill pills. They are just too cute with their embellishments and facial expressions. But that is not all! She received bonus points for her last project which included her signature style. See next post.

Clair has been awarded 49 points for these shell-shocked chill pills. They are just too cute with their embellishments and facial expressions. But that is not all! She received bonus points for her last project which included her signature style. See next post.

Clair received a bonus of 50 points for completing this designer chill pill in addition to her shell-shocked series. This one has her signature voodoo style and was made in a larger dosage for those who need the maximum amount of chilling! ;) Total points = 99 and a job well done!

Clair received a bonus of 50 points for completing this designer chill pill in addition to her shell-shocked series. This one has her signature voodoo style and was made in a larger dosage for those who need the maximum amount of chilling! 😉 Total points = 99 and a job well done!

*Above two photos belong to Clair of Clair’s Weird Crafts and are used here with permission.

Faye was immediately awarded 98 points for her set of chill pills. She made a nesting set of different sizes and facial expressions! Super creative and industrious. I also had to give her a bonus point for the wonderful gif she made of them in action! :) Total points = 99 and stellar results! :)

Faye was immediately awarded 98 points for her set of chill pills. She made a nesting set of different sizes and facial expressions! Super creative and industrious. I also had to give her a bonus point for the wonderful gif she made of them in action! 🙂 Total points = 99 and stellar results! 🙂

*Photo above belongs to Faye Brown and is used here with permission.

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Sparklerose earned 60 points right away with her wonderful Chilly Pill. I then awarded 39 more because she was able to turn him into Chilly Willy with a little medicinal help, mind you. I almost subtracted those 39 points back when I realized what was causing the odd smell in the lab (fire risks, don't you know?) but when I saw how improved he actually was, I couldn't bring myself to take any points away. Plus, cool hat! Total points = 99 and a very creative and successful project!

Sparklerose earned 60 points right away with her wonderful Chilly Pill. I then awarded 39 more because she was able to turn him into Chilly Willy with a little medicinal help, mind you. I almost subtracted those 39 points back when I realized what was causing the odd smell in the lab (fire risks, don’t you know?) but when I saw how improved he actually was, I couldn’t bring myself to take any points away. Plus, cool hat! Total points = 99 and a very creative and successful project!

*Above photo belongs to Carmel of Sparklerose Designs and is used here with permission.

Danielle earned 70 points for her gorgeous blue chill pill. An additional 29 points was added when she personalized her designer drug with awesome hair, facial features and his own little sleeping bag to cuddle up in. So tiny, so detailed, so fabulous! Total points = 99 and an exceptional result! :)

Danielle earned 70 points for her gorgeous blue chill pill. An additional 29 points was added when she personalized her designer drug with awesome hair, facial features and his own little sleeping bag to cuddle up in. So tiny, so detailed, so fabulous! Total points = 99 and an exceptional result! 🙂

*Above photo belongs to Danielle Montgomery and is used here with permission.

Melinda earned 75 points for her various selection of designer drugs - happy pills, love pills, crazy pills, and chill pills! She also earned an additional 24 points for fabulous finishing details like crazy hair, scarf and hat, and a gorgeous heart. Fabulous work by a fabulous stitcher! Total points = 99!

Melinda earned 75 points for her various selection of designer drugs – happy pills, love pills, crazy pills, and chill pills! She also earned an additional 24 points for fabulous finishing details like crazy hair, scarf and hat, and a gorgeous heart. Fabulous work by a fabulous stitcher! Total points = 99!

*Above photo belongs to Melinda Manley and used here with permission.

 Olga receives 94 points for her fabulous little chill pill. He was unique from the start with his coloring and dynamite mohawk (or are those dragon scales?). I have to award another bonus amount of 5 points because he has sprouted arms since the last time I saw him and that mug is the pefect hangout for him. Fabulous work on a great designer pill! Total points = 99!

Olga receives 94 points for her fabulous little chill pill. He was unique from the start with his coloring and dynamite mohawk (or are those dragon scales?). I have to award another bonus amount of 5 points because he has sprouted arms since the last time I saw him and that mug is the pefect hangout for him. Fabulous work on a great designer pill! Total points = 99!

Above photo belongs to Olga of Notablestitches and is used here with permission.

 Susan just missed the 100 point mark. She made so many of these cute little chill pills that she filled a jar for a friend. I did have to subtract a point though since she said they now smell like pickles and we aren't sure if her friend even likes pickles. ;) Total points = 99 and a fabulous bottle of designer chill pills!

Susan just missed the 100 point mark. She made so many of these cute little chill pills that she filled a jar for a friend. I did have to subtract a point though since she said they now smell like pickles and we aren’t sure if her friend even likes pickles. 😉 Total points = 99 and a fabulous bottle of designer chill pills!

*Above photo belongs to Susan Morgan and is used here with permission.

Regina earned 24 points for her adorable little pill and I couldn't help but award her another 75 when I saw his face, hair, hat, and adorable little toes!!! And look how much fun he had climbing out of that pill bottle! Pure awesomeness! Total points = 99!!! I want him. :)

Regina earned 24 points for her adorable little pill and I couldn’t help but award her another 75 when I saw his face, hair, hat, and adorable little toes!!! And look how much fun he had climbing out of that pill bottle! Pure awesomeness! Total points = 99!!! I want him. 🙂

*Above photo belongs to Regina McQ and is used here with permission.

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Dottie Lou earned 35 points for her initial drugs, but an additional 64 points for the fabulous embellishments like hair and appendages. What a colorful prescription! Total points = 99! 🙂

*Above photo belongs to Dottie Lou Crisp and is used here with permission.

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Carmel has earned 40 points for her gorgeously shaded designer chill pill and an additional 59 for the adorable hat and scarf it is wearing. He must be toasty now, all bundled up like that! Total points = 99 and another fabulous job well done! 🙂

*Above photo belongs to Michele of Greybriar Hollow and is used here with permission.

Thanks to all my test subjects for their efforts and hard work.  This experiment started off all crazy due to some unexpected glitches getting people into the group.  I apologize to those I lost on the way and hope to have you in a future experiment.

 

 

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Operation Occupy Platform Experiment Results

For the first ever Mad Crochet Lab Experiment performed exclusively on a platform I’m no longer active on, my test subjects and I first identified a severe problem on there and we resolved to fix it! It seems there were a LOT of accounts that were inactive and had no profile pics, so they basically just looked like a blank green head. I am extremely happy to report that the experiment went very well and we succeeded in transforming those green heads into accounts with some personality!  Take a look below at our results and see for yourself!

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Dollyknickers earned 100 points for her experiment. How could she not? Her greenhead was completely transformed from having the personality of a wet dishcloth to this amazing, colorful and lively creation called Bow. She also earned a bonus point for being the first to complete Phase I. Now I just hope Wydowna can keep her fangs off him! Congratulations on a job well done, Dolly! :)

Dollyknickers earned 100 points for her experiment. How could she not? Her greenhead was completely transformed from having the personality of a wet dishcloth to this amazing, colorful and lively creation called Bow. She also earned a bonus point for being the first to complete Phase I. Now I just hope Wydowna can keep her fangs off him! Congratulations on a job well done, Dolly! 🙂

Photo belongs to Dollyknickers and is used here with permission.

Sharon earns 99 points out of 100 for her successful experiment of eliminating a greenhead on the platform by giving it some personality! She gets a bonus point for also finding a pink one and doing the same! :) I know - who knew there were pink ones too? I didn't. ;)

Sharon earns 99 points out of 100 for her successful experiment of eliminating a greenhead on the platform by giving it some personality! She gets a bonus point for also finding a pink one and doing the same! 🙂 I know – who knew there were pink ones too? I didn’t. 😉

Photo belongs to Sharon_Knits and is used here with permission.

During this experiment, Faye found out, to all of our surprise, that if you spill coffee on a greenhead, it multiplies, much like Mogwai in the movie Gremlins. But she was able to successfully eliminate the greenheads by giving them each some personality! Woot. I love them all! She earns 33-1/3 points for each of her experiments. I had to subtract a point from her for the coffee waste, but then added a point back because she cleaned up the spill. ;)

During this experiment, Faye found out, to all of our surprise, that if you spill coffee on a greenhead, it multiplies, much like Mogwai in the movie Gremlins. But she was able to successfully eliminate the greenheads by giving them each some personality! Woot. I love them all! She earns 33-1/3 points for each of her experiments. I had to subtract a point from her for the coffee waste, but then added a point back because she cleaned up the spill. 😉

Photo belongs to Faye Brown and is used here with permission.

Rebekah earned 98 points out of 100. I had to subtract two because she forgot her tools. *gasp!* I know, right? But then she quickly earned the two points back by finding a way to put some personality into her greenhead even after it was lost! She's magic, I tell you! A job well done! And another win for Operation Occupy Platform!

Rebekah earned 98 points out of 100. I had to subtract two because she forgot her tools. *gasp!* I know, right? But then she quickly earned the two points back by finding a way to put some personality into her greenhead even after it was lost! She’s magic, I tell you! A job well done! And another win for Operation Occupy Platform!

Photo belongs to Rebekah Clayton and is used here with permission.

Rhonda earned 75 points for this experiment, plus an addition 25 for creativity! She figured if the greenheads were going to act like aliens on the platform, then they may as well look like them too! Fab photos and great little spaceships too! (How do they get in and out of those things?) Anyway, Operation Occupy Platform gains another occupant to replace a greenhead!

Rhonda earned 75 points for this experiment, plus an addition 25 for creativity! She figured if the greenheads were going to act like aliens on the platform, then they may as well look like them too! Fab photos and great little spaceships too! (How do they get in and out of those things?) Anyway, Operation Occupy Platform gains another occupant to replace a greenhead!

Photo belongs to Rhonda Provost and is used here with permission.

Here you can see Michelle's greenhead - she immediately gave her some flowing blue locks to give her some personality and I would have given her the full 100 points if she hadn't let her experiment escape from the lab!!!!!! :0

Here you can see Michele’s greenhead – she immediately gave her some flowing blue locks to give her some personality and I would have given her the full 100 points if she hadn’t let her experiment escape from the lab!!!!!! :0

Her greenhead, named Blue, ended up getting seasick!

Her greenhead, named Blue, ended up getting seasick!

Then Blue laid out in sun...

Then Blue laid out in sun…

And she ended up getting sunburned! Michele almost lost all her points for this experiment. But I had a think on it (and a Margarita) and then realized that Blue had gone and done all these things without any limbs which HAS to be difficult and in the process, Michele actually ended up eliminating three greenheads and giving them personality! So all was forgiven and full points awarded! Nice work!

And she ended up getting sunburned! Michele almost lost all her points for this experiment. But I had a think on it (and a Margarita) and then realized that Blue had gone and done all these things without any limbs which HAS to be difficult and in the process, Michele actually ended up eliminating three greenheads and giving them personality! So all was forgiven and full points awarded! Nice work!

Four photos above belong to Michele Henson and are used here with permission.

This experiment by Sparklerose earned 99 points right off the bat because adding that giant eye gave it infinite more personality than it had as a greenhead! She finished it off with gorgeous rosette curls and a flower adornment for a bonus point. Another victory for Operation Occupy Platform! Woot!

This experiment by Sparklerose earned 99 points right off the bat because adding that giant eye gave it infinite more personality than it had as a greenhead! She finished it off with gorgeous rosette curls and a flower adornment for a bonus point. Another victory for Operation Occupy Platform! Woot!

Photo belongs to Sparklerose Designs and is used here with permission.

Olga's punk greenhead transformation was amazing! Nobody can say this little greenhead has no personality now. Olga receives 98 points for her experiment, plus a bonus two points for combining my two favorite colors in with the hair - yellow and blue! I don't know how she knew that. ;) This is the last of the experiments in Operation Occupy Platform. I think it went well despite some beta bugginess. :)

Olga’s punk greenhead transformation was amazing! Nobody can say this little greenhead has no personality now. Olga receives 98 points for her experiment, plus a bonus two points for combining my two favorite colors in with the hair – yellow and blue! I don’t know how she knew that. 😉 This is the last of the experiments in Operation Occupy Platform. I think it went well despite some beta bugginess. 🙂

Photo belongs to Notablestitches and is used here with permission.

Even our honorary group member contributed to the efforts. Clod is not allowed to wield a crochet hook in my experiments after the nasty Pink Hat of Death incident and was restricted to using only drawing utensils. You can see she was able to take a greenhead and turn it into something completely different. She earned one point for her experiment but I subtracted it after seeing what she did here with a sacred crochet hook. ;)

Even our honorary group member contributed to the efforts. Clod is not allowed to wield a crochet hook in my experiments after the nasty Pink Hat of Death incident and was restricted to using only drawing utensils. You can see she was able to take a greenhead and turn it into something completely different. She earned one point for her experiment but I subtracted it after seeing what she did here with a sacred crochet hook. 😉

Photo belongs to A Dog A Day and is used here with permission.

 

 

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Memory Experiment Results

We recently completed a highly crochet scientific research project on the human memory.  Several of my esteemed colleagues joined me on this research and each of them completed a project related to this subject.  However, we have concluded our experiment to only be 50% successful.  We endeavored to create projects that would help humans remember where their keys were.  With this in mind, we called upon the well-known fact that elephants never forget.  So each participant successfully created an elephant to keep an eye on a human’s keys.  But, it turns out that is no guarantee that the human will remember where their elephant is.  So, this may have to be an experiment we revisit in the future, but for now we will take encouragement in the success we did have.  Below are the projects and the points awarded to each of my colleagues (of a possible 5,000 points for each) for their participation in this study.  I’ve also included a small behind-the-scenes look at our experiment as it was in progress.

 

To Rhonda Provost of Al’s Heimer Institute, 5,000 points are awarded for first success in completing the experiment.  Her rare and beautiful white elephant looks gorgeous with her green bow.  This little gal was appropriately named Blizzard.

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To Janet Ruth Neumann Weidner of Whatsthatnow University earns 4,997 points for this lovely gray elephant and 2 bonus points for beautiful tail and eyelash details!  She was named Baby Bindi.

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Trace Reynolds of C.R.S. Institute is awarded 5,000 points because she seemed to get addicted and created an entire herd of little elephants.  She tried them out in different sized hooks and yarn and even went a bit crazier than that as you will see in the behind-the-scenes section below.

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Dottie Lou Crisp of Forget Me Knots Academy earns 4,999 points for this unusually colored specimen.  I don’t think it is official, but we’ve been calling her “Cotton Candy.”

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To Chris Quirky of Who R. U., earns 4,999 points for this little beauty.  He’s named Yakar, which means “precious.”  I was going to award a full 5,000 points, but it turns out that Chris did not keep such a good eye on her experiment and he is the one who had been rooting around in my jewelry box.  Maybe he should have been named Entitled, which means “roots around in Mad’s jewelry box.”

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To Shelley Garrett of Precious Memories Research Facility, earns 4,999 points for Memophant who helps her memory by keeping track of memos.  Again, this is an instance where I would have awarded the full 5,000 points because of the gorgeous capture of Memophant in his natural habitat, quite reminiscent of a Mutual of Omaha movie (see the lion in the distance), but then I realized this is why I kept finding water all over the lab floor.

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To Rebekah Clayton of Hippocampus Campus, is awarded 3,999 points for her experiment, plus a bonus of 1,000 points for the unusual coloring.  He is called Tipsy. Don’t ask.

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To Michele Henson of the Amnesia Rehabilitation Center, earns 2,499.5 for each of her experiments, Peanut on the left and Pink on the right.

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To Dreamcatcher Meaella of Forgotten U., 4,999 points are awarded for her experiment.  Again, just missed that full 5,000 point mark because this is where the muddy footprints in the lab came from.  Dreamcatcher created a whole habitat for her experiment, including a pond with alligator!  I’d forgive the abuse of lab resources, but I was the one who had to clean up the floor!

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Elenita Rivera Repollet of Distant Memories Research Institute earns 4,994 points for her experiment and a bonus of 5 points for her pretty little bow!

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To Wendy Austin-Rawlings of Remindful Behaviors, 4,999 points are awarded for her experiment.  She had a pretty coloring and was so teeny that it almost made up for the resources that Dreamcatcher used in her experiment.  This tiny elephant also didn’t eat much so didn’t contribute as much to the mess of peanut shells I found on the floor.

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To Liz Eustace of 4 Get Full Sciences, 2,999 points are awarded for this experiment and a bonus of 2000 points for the beautiful embroidery on her hindquarters!

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Sharon Knits of Memory Storage Solutions, earns 2,499 points for this specimen and a bonus of 2,500 for matching her gene gnome that she created in the Fun Gene Experiment with me!

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To Colleen Irwin of Random Memory Access Academy, 1,999 points are awarded for her project.  An additional bonus of 3,000 points for that look on his face.  Priceless.  But totally understandable.  That’s a zombie behind him, after all.  Colleen would have been awarded a full 5,000 points as well, but I had to subtract a point because she let A ZOMBIE IN THE LAB!!!!!

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Ruth Jepson of Memory Retention Services, earns 4,599 points for her baby mammoth.  An additional 400 points were awarded for cute and fluffy factor.

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To Beth Williamson of Fuhgeddaboutit Facility, 4,950 points are awarded for Ellie.  An additional 49 points were awarded because Elijah helped Beth keep track of where her yarn needles were.  And he didn’t wince once!

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To Leanne Nisha of Lost Thoughts University, 4,949 points are awarded for her experiment named Kandula Kipling.  An additional 50 points were awarded for the beautifully embroidered eyes!

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To Elizabeth Merz of Stringaroundyourfinger Research Center, 4,999 points were awarded because – just look at that face!

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To Linda Ziino of Totally Defective Recall Academy, 4,000 points are awarded for her experiment.  She also earns an additional 999 points for the handy loop she included to clip her elephant to her lanyard.

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To Betty Lewis of The New Neocortex Research Institute, 4,925 points are awarded for her experiment and an additional 74 points for the fabulously fluffy tail!

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To Charlie Lottie Scammell of Nostalgic Sciences, 4,975 points are awarded for this beautiful pink specimen named Hubert and an additional 24 points for figuring out where my margaritas had been disappearing to.

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Vimi Lomax of Memor-Ease Institute, earns 4,980 points for Clover, this cute baby elephant.  An additional 19 points for beautiful tail and not drinking my margaritas.

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To Bertie Larsin Gardner of Nostalgic Triggers Academy, 3,500 points were originally awarded for this specimen named Pan.  An additional 1,499 were awarded when Bertie gave him eyes – one blue and one green!

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Jennifer Daswani of Good Old Days Scientific University, earns 2,999 points for her elephant.  This was because at first, he had no legs and we didn’t think he’d be ready in time for the experiment to be over.  An additional 2000 points are now awarded.

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Behind the Scenes of the Experiment

Now it’s pretty obvious why there were peanut shells littering the lab floor as my test subjects were obviously trying to train their experiments to do tricks and using peanuts as rewards.  It also explains the teeny elephant prints I found in the butter in the lab refrigerator.

 

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Rhonda’s experiment balancing on top of a crochet hook!

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Chris’ experiment balancing on top of a computer’s mouse.

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Linda’s experiment balancing on hind legs.

Some of the experiments had issues.  This one from Vimi (Clover) seemed to be longing to return to Egypt and ended up adopting a coin bank as a surrogate mother figure.

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There was also some unnatural attraction between the experiments of the gene gnomes from a previous experiment as shown here by Bertie’s experiment (left) and Sharon’s experiment (right).

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Some were overly introverted like this one of Jennifer’s who hid inside a cup.

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Some of our test subjects got a little addicted and created experiments in different sizes and yarns.  Some wouldn’t even stop working when it got dark!  And then the experiments started mutating…

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Finally, there was a big commotion when Colleen somehow let a zombie into the lab and it ended up chasing her experiment around!  Fortunately, little plastic figures of Michonne and Daryl from The Walking Dead were around and handy in combating the zombie.

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Such strange things happen in the lab.  But we survived another experiment and the elephant pattern with many options will be available soon at Mad Crochet Lab.  🙂

 

 

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Memory Experiment Status – Days 5 and 6

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Memory Experiment Status Report Day 5 – Some of the test subjects have been trading chocolate for pictures of hair porn.  Some of them have forgotten to start their projects.  It sure is a strange group.

Memory Experiment Status Report Day 6 – More peanut shells littering the floor of the lab.  I’ve reminded all test subjects where to find the dustpan and broom and trash receptacles.  Seems they need constant reminders.  Grumble, grumble.  Also, the butter in the lab fridge is strangely mutilated.  Still haven’t found my missing jewelry.

 

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