All posts by Carrie Staples

Author, illustrator of "The Yarn Animal Book", probably the only craft book with instructions for making such unique yarn animals as an orangutan, an ant eater, a llama and a star-nosed mole and "The Single Minded Prince, a fairy tale for all ages about a boy and a pirate captain who both misbehave. The books and a booklet series based on each different yarn craft topic covered in "The Yarn Animal Book" (pompoms and other really easy yarn crafts, knitting, crocheting, rya, needlepoint and embroidery), are available on Amazon and Kindle.


Carrie with SMP book


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Recognizing Daddy-long-legs

Daddy 7

Daddy-long-legs are born with 8 legs. But they often lose legs. We have seen them getting around perfectly well with only 5 legs. Please let me know leg counts you observe.  Sometimes you can identify a daddy-long-legs you see more often by counting legs. When you count, you need to note the pattern of legs. If the critter has 3 legs on the left side, which ‘leg’ is missing? Is it the front ‘feeler’ leg, the hind leg or one of the middle legs?  I have not decided how to count 1/2 legs since they don’t provide much support.


Spider  web

That weird, gross-looking stuff on the bottom of the plastic Chinese soup container is a spider web that I tried to knock off a wreath with the container. The spider web stuck to the container. So I put it in the dishwasher. This photo shows what it looked like after going through an entire dishwasher cycle. All those articles we read about the strength of spiderwebs are obviously true!