Experiments at the Mad Crochet Lab


Sometimes you just have to do experiments when you work in a lab.  That is no different when your lab is of the Mad Crochet variety.  And that means I occasionally needed test subjects, er, I mean volunteers to help me perform these experiments.  Basically the experiments were trials made with my existing or new free patterns that are already available.  Although I can no longer run experiments, I thought I’d keep the explanation of how they worked here.

The way the experiments worked is I would advertise for test subjects when I had an idea.  I would inform test of the generic idea and materials needed.  The idea consisted of transforming one of my patterns or parts of the pattern into something new.  I would provide a pdf file or link to the existing pattern and email the instructions for the changes to the willing test subjects.  Test subjects would then have a set time to complete their experiment and provide me with a photo of their completed projects.

Then the fun would begin!  When the time limit was up, I would share completed experiment photos on my timeline and “grade” them by awarding points to each test subject’s imaginary house or school (think Harry Potter and Hogwarts).  Note:  Points were given out whether an experiment is successful or not – I was extremely generous.  Additional Notes:  Grading means nothing and points awarded to houses or schools have no legal monetary value. It was all in fun and just allowed me to talk about the projects and tease, if necessary.

Note:  Most of the time, I found it necessary. Do not take seriously.  A sense of humor was required to be a test subject.  🙂

FINE PRINT:  When participating in an experiment, test subjects agreed to not share any photos of their projects until the experiment was over.  They also agreed to allow me the use of their photos on my blog and Facebook page (credit was given to each artist for their work).

Get Notified Of Upcoming Experiments by Email – Sign Up Here

This was a separate sign up email list for notification of upcoming experiments.  Due to the decline in my health, I no longer have the time or ability to run experiments, so I am removing the sign-up form from this page.  Anyone who previously signed up can rest assured that their email addresses are still safe and never to be given away or sold.  Previously completed experiments may be seen on the following links below.

Completed Experiments

Group Therapy Experiment (completed September 22, 2015)

Operation Occupy Platform Experiment (completed September 3, 2015)

Memory Experiment (completed November 26, 2014)

Mental Health Experiment (completed October 27, 2014)

Miracle Experiment Part I and Miracle Experiment Part II (completed October 14, 2014)

Fun Gene Experiment (Completed September 30, 2014)

Poop From A Peanut (Completed October 2013)

Minions From Medicine (Completed June 2013)

Snail From Your Fingertips (Completed June 2013)

Dancing Peanuts or Ants (Completed May 2013)

Love From A Monster (Completed April 2013)

Hedgehog From A  Lab Rat (Completed April 2013)

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25 comments for “Experiments at the Mad Crochet Lab

  1. Colleen Irwin Keller
    October 5, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I had a lot of fun with the crocodile stitch fish scarf I tested for you. I’m definitely open to testing for you again. 🙂

    • October 5, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Wonderful Colleen! I would love to have you. Would you mind giving me a link to your facebook page so I can send you a friend request? Thank you!

  2. Jennifer Lucas
    October 5, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    I agree with the terms and would love to be considered for your upcoming experiment!

    • October 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Jennifer, fabulous! Glad to have you aboard! Please message me your facbook profile and I’ll send you a friend request. I think the experiment will start on Tuesday but I need to set up a group and prepare the pattern file. Thanks!

  3. Amanda Ledlow
    October 5, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    This should be such fun! Can’t wait!

    • October 5, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      I assume this means you want to be involved, Amanda? I’m trying to send you a friend request on Facebook to add you to the group. Please check your “other” inbox to see if you’ve received it. 🙂

  4. Anne
    October 6, 2014 at 2:33 am

    😀 ….. Am I too late for this experiment Mad?????

    • October 6, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Sorry Anne, you just missed it this time. But you will be at the top of the list for the next one. I ran out of slots for returning test subjects and filled all the new ones too, in record time! 😮

  5. Donna Walker
    October 6, 2014 at 3:40 am

    Experiments are great, half of what I make is one in some way or another. Hope you have room for one more. Donna/Walker’s Whimsies

    • October 6, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Hi Donna! By now you know you’ve already been contacted as a new test subject. 🙂 This should be fun!

  6. Karen Bays
    October 23, 2014 at 8:27 am

    I sent a message, however, if you require it submitted here, consider this my “official request to become a “Mad Cro-Scientist”. Thanks!

    • October 23, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Yay! I’ve already sent you an invitation to join the notification group Karen! 🙂 looking forward to doing mad crochet science together!

  7. Betty Lewis
    October 23, 2014 at 8:37 am

    I would like to be included in the group to get notifications of experiments. My email is: bejb2012@yahoo.com

  8. Elizabeth
    October 23, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I agree. I would love to be a part of this!!

  9. Danielle
    October 23, 2014 at 10:16 am

    would like to be added to get notifications of experiments please….My email is danyaile78@gmail.com

    • October 23, 2014 at 10:51 am

      I’ve sent you an invite. You should receive it in a few moments, Danielle! 🙂

  10. November 7, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Please can I be a tester for future experiments? My email is lotties.creations@gmail.com 🙂

    • November 12, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      I will add you to the group I created on Facebook for the test subjects – then when I announce an experiment that you have time for and interest in, you can let me know and I’ll fit you in! 🙂

  11. November 13, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    soooo in love with your lab! i hope i can be one of your test subjects! love your imagination and creativity! you do rock! for real!
    kisses dear!

    • November 13, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      Joana, I’ve just posted at my facebook page looking for test subjects for the next experiment that will start on Monday. Please do come and participate! I would love to have you!

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