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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!!!!!
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.
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!
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!
To Elizabeth Merz of Stringaroundyourfinger Research Center, 4,999 points were awarded because – just look at that face!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
Some were overly introverted like this one of Jennifer’s who hid inside a cup.
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…
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.
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. 🙂