Work on the Kerrang Radio UFO proceeds apace. I’ve sewed up the sides,now I just need to crochet on the bar code part,and finish up a few small bits with duplicate stitching.
But before I do that –why not multiply my workload by 10-20 times? It’s fun!
I’ve seen this fringe in at least a dozen patterns,none of which I can find to link to at the moment. To make it,you need to start with live stitches. In this case,I picked up stitches along the bottom and knit a few rows in the round just to stabilize it. Then:
1. Knit into the first live stitch,and slip it off the left-hand needle.
2. Cast stitches onto the right-hand needle (I cast on a baseline of 10,then randomize the length by rolling a 20-sided die and casting on that number of stitches). I’m just using the super-cheesy backwards loop method.
3. Bind off all stitches until you’re down to just one live stitch.
4. Put that stitch back onto the left needle. K2tog.
5. GOTO 1.
A lot more work,but so neat!
In Random Science News,I recently listened to an NPR story about how red-breasted nuthatches heed the alarm calls of chickadees. I thought this was a well-documented phenomenon,of one species benefiting from the alarm calls of another,but whatevs.
I was much more interested in their secondary discovery,which is that chickadees tailor their alarm calls to indicate the threat level. Like,“chick-a-dee-dee”indicates a low-level threat,while “chick-a-dee-dee-dee-dee”indicates a higher threat. The more “dee”s the bigger the threat,you see.
I walked out to the bird feeder and waved my arms around,but apparently I don’t even rate a “chick-a,”much less one or more “dee”s. They just flew away and eyed me from the trees until I went away. Not even tiny,ping pong ball-sized birds fear me. Sigh!