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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.



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.

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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!



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.

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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!



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.



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


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


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.


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.  🙂



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Mental Health Experiment Report

Recently, I began pondering questions about Mental Health and realized it was a perfect subject for an experiment.  So I embarked on an exploration into mental health.  But for the first time in Mad Crochet Lab history, I’m sorry to report that this experiment has been a complete and utter failure!  While there are still things to be learned from the experiment, it certainly could not have been further from what I envisioned.  And it is all due to a slight typographical error.

You see, when I contacted several highly-regarded institutions enquiring for colleagues to assist me, they seem to have sent me actual patients, rather than scientists. Without a control group of “healthy” minds, it was impossible to conduct a truly scientific experiment.  But time was running out for my grant, and I couldn’t replace them all, so I decided to disregard any of my original experiment constraints, and just observe the “abnormal” minds at work.  It was all verrry interrresting.

It turns out that even though they all started off perfectly nutty to begin with, it didn’t take much to send them absolutely batty.  In fact, basically all I did was add wings.  They flew off the handle faster than poop through a goose, if you know what I mean.  I’ve documented the results below and I will be awarding each of them points as if they were my real colleagues (mostly because at this point, I’m not sure if they would turn violent on me if I didn’t somehow reward them).  So in no particular order, the following are awarded from a pool of 50,000 points each:

To Helen Leo of The Lunar Tick Asylum, 50,000 points for being first to complete her experiment.  Helen also added some little feet to her finger puppet so he could hang upside down.



To Terry Spears of the N.M.E. Among Us Paranoid Research Hospital, 32,000 points for this fascinating specimen and 17,999 bonus points for perfect wings and because he would be the dream patient of any veterinary dentist.



To Dottie Lou Crisp of Cray Zees Observational Health Facility, 36,000 points for her first bat and an additional 13,999 points for her unusually hued bat.  The red drops visible here are most likely due to the fact that we didn’t have plasma on hand and the bats seemed to take a liking to our red wine stores.  Well, either that or it was the test subjects themselves who got into the wine.  Hmmm.

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To Dreamcatcher Meaella of En’s Ane Asylum, 25,000 points for her first bat named Squeekers, and an additional 24,999 for her second gray-hued bat.  These two were well-behaved and appeared to be abstaining from the wine.



To Marina Rivera of Bu Be Hatched, 49,999 points for this gorgeous specimen with the colorful ears.  He was is shown here being handled by daughter, who was the only one who seemed to be able to exhibit any control over him.



To Claire Knowland of Ella Trick Chalk Laboratories, 35,999 points for her first blue colored bat, and an additional 14,000 points for the second one.  These bats exhibited excellent control over their fangs, which only appeared when they saw how low the wine reserves were getting.

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To Betty Lewis of Lobotomies ‘R’ Us, 49,999 points for her yellow-eyed bat specimen.  He is shown here with the upturned wing option.



To Shelley Garrett from under the Koo Koo’s Nest, 49,999 points for Batcula, who appeared with a fabulous coif and bow tie!



To Maryetta Roy of the Half-Baked Culinary Institution, 39,999 points for her bat, Hanny.  He had to be restrained.  Bonus points of 10,000 for her quick use of a straight jacket before anyone was injured.



To Bertie Larsin Gardner of Krackt Research Institute, 49,999 points for this sweet looking bat.  Don’t be fooled by his shorter wings and cute face.  This one got around.



To Vimi Lomax of The Cerebral Sanitorium, 49,999 points for this bat with gloriously sparkly fangs!




To Colleen Irwin Keller of A. Typical Asylum, 49,999 points for this glue-eyed bat.  He also displays wings of the upturned variety and caused a lot of ducking in the lab due to his penchant for dive-bombing.




To Alyssa Otter Sheldon of Awd Behaviors Observatory, 49,999 points for this teddy bear of a bat.  Somehow he still looks adorable even though he has obviously sharp fangs.



To Beth Williamson of Lou Nee Binn Institute, 49,999 points for this adorable little bat with the huge ego.  He thought he could take on King Kong AND Godzilla at once.  I just agreed with him.



To Rhonda Provost of Short Deck Research, 29,999 points for her first bat and 20,000 additional points for the second bat.  Both have beautiful eyes and perfect wing shape.


They are also displayed here with experiment projects she has completed in the past.



To Linda Kaffer of Basquet Kays Asylum, 49,999 points for this rare yellow long-fanged bat.  She was immediately named Fussy Mussy and you can clearly see why.  And as fastidious as she looks, she also proved to really enjoy her wine as well.


To Rebekah Clayton of Upsan Downs Behaviorial Observatory, 49,999 points for this sweet faced bat shown here with a distant relative who took him under his wing.



To Beth MumblesMummy of Jumbled Mumble-ariam, 49,999 points for this Cricket Bat.  This breed’s wings emerge more from mid back than the others which makes it easier for him to dodge around wickets.  Evolution is amazing isn’t it?  Still, we provided him with a helmet to protect him from crashing into things because he wasn’t as fast at stopping as he was at starting.



To Liz Eustace of Q. Rios Methods and Minds, 49,999 points for this nutty little bat.  He exhibits a superbly embroidered face and a lovely fuzziness and coloring.



To Donna Walker of Whack Kee Ward, 49,999 for this long fanged bat with upturned wings.  It seems he was establishing his place amongst Donna’s other projects in this photo.  And as batty as Donna was, she does deserve honorable mention for neatest workstation.




To Helen Young of Psychiatric Attic Rest Home, 49,999 for this bat.  He was quite a character although not the neatest when it came to drinking wine as indicated by the red drops on his fang.  Still, he did a great job of protecting that pumpkin and as far as I know, nobody has been able to turn it into a Jack ‘O Lantern yet.



To Julia Riley Kupas of the Broken Brain Bureau, 49,999 points for this hanging bat.  I think it was Julia’s bat and Helen Leo’s bat that led the test subjects to believe they could also hang from the rafters of the lab after wrapping themselves in blankets.


Concluding Remarks:  Although this experiment was not what I originally planned, we did learn that if you start off with a bunch of nuts, it is pretty easy to make them batty.  And you’ll be able to duplicate this experiment because a pattern for a free bat finger puppet is available right here at the lab.

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Miracle Experiment Report Part II

Part I of the Miracle Experiment Report detailed most of the results my colleagues and I were able to document during the process.  However, there were several incidents that need further examination and some lessons to be learned from the whole project.  This second part of the report will present those items.

Love in the Lab – the Mystery of Multiplying Spirits


Scenes like this one – Sharon’s gene gnome and the spirit she conjured, apparently “spooning” together, made us wonder if this could have anything to do with the number of apparitions that were appearing in the lab.


Another interesting development was seeing the spirits take an active interest in each other. Here are two of the spirits conjured by Sal Cousins – looks like they are on a date! We weren’t able to capture any actual reproductions as they happened, new spirits seemed to suddenly appear once a few were initially conjured. Could they be reproducing in a somewhat physical manner but even faster than rabbits? Or did we open a portal to the “other side” that was just allowing more ghosts than we anticipated to enter our realm? Unfortunately, time and funding prevented us from investigating this further but it may be something we look into more in the future.


These two spirits that Dottie Lou Crisp conjured also seem rather taken with each other. Well, one of them does.

Time Warp

We were able to document this evidence that possibly explains why our clocks in the lab, as well as watches and other timepieces, seemed to go haywire.


Sharon’s experiment playing with time and a gene gnome.


Julie Tomlinson’s experiment examining the inner workings of a clock and changing the settings.

The Case of the Missing (or Rather, Found) Eyeball

One morning in the lab, we awoke to find this disturbing image. Terri Swallow‘s ghost was playing soccer with a disembodied eyeball in the lab!  While it explained a lot of the noises we were hearing, it raised a lot of questions as well.  Exactly to whom did this eyeball belong?  We normally have a few spare limbs laying about the lab, but nothing as rare as an eyeball would be left so callously laying about.


Melissa Mouzin-Bennett found this eye patch shortly after the eyeball showed up.  An interesting development and yet we were no closer to finding answers.


That is, until THIS pirate spirit showed up!  He was conjured by Rebekah Clayton and materialized missing an eye and wearing a new eye patch.  From there, it was easier to put the pieces together.


Lessons Learned


Spirits do NOT make good drivers. On top of being smaller than we would expect and not being able to reach the gas or break pedals…


…they also do not appear to take the operation of heavy motorized machinery very seriously. Perhaps, since they are already dead?


Jesus, take the wheel!


Even though they aren’t good drivers, they still like to follow you when you go shopping, as Faye Luminescence Lamb found out!

When combined with caffeine, spirits tend to turn into poltergeists.

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Kathryn’s experiment shown here impersonating the spirit of someone who isn’t even dead yet!


Two of Rebekah’s spirits running around and randomly dropping F-bombs (we detected this after listening to the sound recordings made in the lab).


Julie’s experiment, scaring a gene gnome half to death.


Julie’s experiment shown again, terrorizing the other residents of her home.


Melissa’s experiment adopted a street name, “G-Host,” and started “tagging” everything in site!

Child Labor Laws Be Darned!

Besides carefully placed cacti, we found the only other thing the spirits seemed vulnerable to were very young children.  Babies, in particular, could see and hear the spirits no matter where they hid and held no fear of them whatsoever.  In fact, they could simply devour the ghosts without any ill effects or possessions.  Shown here is Claire‘s experiment being turned into a no-calorie snack by one brave babe.



This concludes the two part report on our Miracle Experiment results.  We shall be providing the instructions for you to follow if you would like to duplicate our successes shortly (pattern to come).


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Fun Gene Experiment

As noted in an earlier post, an esteemed group of my colleagues and I recently embarked on a mission to locate the Fun Gene.  We did this in a charitable effort to cure those of our race who were lacking that particular portion of their anatomy, impeding their ability to enjoy life.

I am incredibly pleased to announce that we have successfully isolated the fun gene, which means a cure is really just moments away for those afflicted! I will try to explain this in layman’s terms for those of you who are not as gifted in the mad crochet science-y areas and technical thingamabobs as my colleagues and I.  You see, the reason for the disappearances of the fun gene, we discovered, is simply due to lack of education really.  Human gene gnomes never attend primary school and never learn to read.  However, they did overhear that we were looking for the fun genes.  But this translated to fun “jeans” in their little minds and they thought we were looking for really cool fashion trends.  So, in some people, the more fad-driven gene gnomes quickly found the fun genes and took to wearing them as pants, and afflicted humans could therefore not use the fun genes for their real purpose.

Our problem was to isolate those genes.  And it was not easy.  The helix shape of the genes makes it quite tricky to remove them from the gene gnomes and to be honest, nobody in the lab really wanted to see little naked gene gnomes running rampant through the lab (there just was not enough eye bleach in inventory).  So we opted to isolate the genes while still on the gnomes.  If enough of them are transfused into an afflicted person, the results are 100% positive!

I must say this has been a most arduous experiment, the most difficult of it’s kind in the history of Mad Crochet Lab experiments.   It was also the first experiment to date that did not use an existing one of my free patterns as the base, and the pattern was created from scratch solely for the purpose of this experiment. Many kudos are in order for my test subjects, er colleagues, for sticking with the program through loss of comrades, equipment failure and other obstacles along the way. I will get more into those details later but first, awards must be given out since they are so very well-deserved!  Without further ado and in no particular order:

Congratulations to Rhonda Provost, who was the first to attain success in her isolation of a gene gnome!  Please note the helix shaped legs now adorned by “denim” genes!  For her expedient grasp of the problem and efficient extrusion methods, she earns herself and her school, Vidal Sassoon Academy, a total of 50,000 points!


Rhonda also gave her gene gnome an elementary education of the birds and the bees. I’m not sure he really “gets” it though.

Congratulations to Adriana Bon for successful extrusion of a gene gnome.  For her efforts and contribution to the science behind this effort, she earns her school, Tommy Hilfiger Science Institute, a total of 49,999 points!  Well done!


In addition to classic dark blue denim fun genes, Adriana’s gnome was also found to be wearing an extremely fashionable shirt with glow-in-the-dark initials on it.

Congratulations to Terri Swallow for successfully isolating and extruding this fashionable gnome.  Because this particular gnome does not have the typical helix shaped legs, we have determined that he is not a gene gnome, but just a regular garden-variety gnome.  We still don’t understand how he got into the DNA, but regardless, it is important that he was extruded and Terri most likely saved the donor’s life by getting him out of there.  We suspect he just heard about the project and tried to score some fun jeans.  Either way, Terri earned her school, Ecole de Yves St. Laurent, 49,998 points.  Plus one point for her unorthodox methods.


Terri’s garden gnome. Who knew they were also so trendy and fashion conscious? We learn so much in these experiments!

Congratulations go to Julie Tomlinson for her successful experiment.  The gene gnome she isolated was a particularly hairy one, wearing stylish “faded” genes and coordinating belt, shoes, and hat.  Pretty dapper right down to his shoelaces!  He appears a little surprised immediately after extrusion.  He probably just feels a bit foolish to find he is wearing genes and not jeans, but he will get over it.  Julie earns her school, Burberry Institute of Technology, a total of 49,999 points!


Congratulations to Beverly Teitzel Ross, who isolated and extruded this female gene gnome.  Her name is Phun Gene-Gnome and is a real slave to fashion, from her matching multi-colored, hat, belt and shoes, her coordinating shirt and genes, and her funky pink tinted hair.  Also, she likes hugs (this was noted in her profile on the popular gnome e-dating service, “Gnomeo, Wherefore Art Thou?”).  Beverly earns 49,000 points for her success and a bonus 999 points for facial reconstruction for damage incurred during the extrusion process.  Her school, Vera Wang Academy, should be proud.


Congratulations to Sharon Knits of the Givenchy Science and Fashion Institute for her successful extrusion of little Miss Gene Gnome.  Sharon was able to pull Miss Gnome from the deep end of the gene pool before Miss Gene went down for the final count.  Apparently, she loves to get into mischief but is unable to swim well due to her helix shaped legs.  Sharon earned 48,000 points and an additional 1,999 for her new approach to scientifically proven methods and her contribution to the technology involved in this experiment.


Congratulations to Samantha Richardson of Valentino’s School of Science and Stitchery, for her successful isolation and extrusion of this gene gnome.  Genome sports a very fashionable pair of dark blue fun genes, and though Samantha at first had mixed feelings about him, we are happy to say that she has bonded with him quite well.  Perhaps it is his adorable style of bed-head and bed-beard?  Regardless, she earns 45,000 points and a bonus of 4,999 points for perfect form!



Congratulations to Amore Brison of Armani Finishing School for her successful isolation and extrusion of this gene gnome.  Her gnome is wearing a mint colored shirt with indigo dyed fun genes, along with red garden boots and matching conical hat.  Amore’s gene gnome had a slight mutation in the helix which leads us to believe that there may be more types of fun genes than we originally entertained.  She earns 49,998 points plus 2 bonus points for not giving up under grueling lab conditions.


Congratulations are also in order for Sherrie Barrett Flynn for the successful isolation and extrusion of this gene gnome.  This one was a particularly difficult one to isolate because despite his sweet face, he had a slight mutation, or perversion if you will, for all night parties with three-year-old humans.  But for her perseverance and dedication, Sherrie earned her school, Ecole Hermes, 49,999 points!


Congratulations to Anne Yarn-Addict Baldwin for successful isolation and extrusion of this gene gnome.  He sports a superb full ginger beard, classy belt and green wellies!  His genes are faded denim reminiscent of overalls (or coveralls, depending on where you are from).  The bonds in his helix legs are formed from colorful beads in Anne’s stash.  Just genius!  Anne’s has earned her school, Dolce & Gabbana Fiber Sciences 45,000 points plus a bonus of 4,999 for smart use of beads!


Congratulations to Claire Knowland of the Louis Vuitton Institute for her successful completion of the project.  She was able to extrude this gene gnome, whom she named Mendel after the father of genetics.  He is posed here in a traditional looking setting for gnomes, complete with mushrooms, but you can tell he is enjoying modelling his fun genes which are basic black but perfectly set off his garden boots, multicolor belt and fur-trimmed hat.  And how can you not appreciate that lush curly beard?  Awarded 49,999 points!


Congratulations to Kathryn Sawyer for her successful isolation and extrusion of this gene gnome.  He sports fun genes in light blue with a stylish belt, hat and shoes.  Don’t mind the large pin he is holding.  He was just a bit stabby when extruded, but is feeling better and much happier now.  His smile is probably just hidden behind his lush beard.  Kathryn earns her school, Gucci Yarns and Technology, a whopping 49,999 points!  Well done!


Congratulations to Bertie Larsin Gardner of Ecole Chanel for isolating and extruding this adorable little female gnome.  She appears to be an Austrian mountain gene gnome, possibly a unique strand.  She’s wearing her long golden locks in braids under her cap, a sweet little dress and apron.  Her fun genes are the skinny red and white variety; very trendy and perfect for wearing under a little skirt!  She earned 43,000 points for her school and a bonus of 6,999 for the apron.  We’re all about the protective clothing in the lab, you know!  😉  UPDATED to include a link to Bertie’s own personal notes from this experiment:  Blue Unicorn Crafts


Congratulations to Viola Payne for her successful isolation and extrusion of this little gene gnome.  Unfortunately, during the extrusion process, he lost two legs as well as the bones in his remaining legs.  She is pretty sure that Bracchium emendo must have been performed on him and I can’t say for sure but her instincts do seem valid.  He is wearing a matching outfit of darker blue denim and looks sharp in his western style fun genes.  Viola earns 42,999 points for her school, the Versace University of Fiber and Genetics.  7,000 bonus points for perfectly shaped hat!


Congratulations to Sarah Beck of the Oscar de la Renta Yarn and Science Center for successfully isolating and extruding this gene.  Sarah was a bit heavy-handed with the extrusion tool and sucked this gnome right out of his shoes!  However, he is otherwise in good condition, wearing faded, high-waisted fun genes and a glorious multicolor hat on his unruly hair.  She earns her school 40,000 points plus 9,999 bonus points for this possibly new strand with the lovely specimen of bonds.


Bloopers, Mishaps, and Behind the Scenes at the Lab

Many experiments have failures and mishaps before achieving success.  This is true of our Fun Gene Experiment as well.  Fortunately, most of the obstacles get overcome or just yield hilarity.  And you can imagine what a lab full of gnomes can get up to.  So please enjoy these outtakes from our experiment.


Beverly’s Phun Gene-Gnome became friendly with beer once she was extruded. She could no longer stand when this photo was taken.


Adriana’s gnome also seemed to be looking for something to drink. Here he is shown holding out his erlenmeyer flask, waiting for it to be filled, like a common street person.



Bertie’s gnome made herself a little hammock in this wreath.


Sometimes things get a little creepy in the lab. Rhonda’s gnome was already exhibiting odd behavior before he was completely extruded and this pose kind of reminds me of the Exorcist. Eeep!


Rhonda’s gene gnome also found a finger puppet to play with, which to him, was more of a whole arm puppet.


Sometimes you can’t trust variegated yarns. They change when you least expect it and you can end up with different shaded body and arms!


We suffered some losses during the experiment too, sad to say. Such as this hook and a few colleagues. One colleague was in babysitting recovery for a short time too but fortunately she fully recovered. There were also some temporary misplacements of supplies and tools such as glasses, pipe cleaners, etc. because the lab can be quite a chaotic place to work. In the end though, most items resurfaced and most of us survived unharmed. 🙂


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