Magic tricks

It seems only fair for a mushroom to know a magic trick or two, right? And one of my favorite tricks with these is that you can get them to stand up properly…as long as you’re willing to do a bit of magic of your own.

Now, the ones with nice chunky stems will just sort of stand up without any extra fiddling. Especially if you slip a coin or a washer in the bottom to make it nice and flat.

But…you can do a few things to further stack the odds in your favor. The more weight you can get at the bottom of the mushroom (and so the lower the center of gravity) the better. You can do that by slipping weights (like fishing weights or derby weights) into the straw you use for the stem.⁠

Or…if you are *particularly* sneaky (and I know some of you are), you can tuck a magnet inside the bottom of the stem (one of the coin shaped ones). Then you can just set it on things magnets stick to. Or you can snag something a bit flat and broad (here I’m using a leaf), and slip a second magnet under there and use the leaf as a little stabilizer. That let me balance a mushroom with a fairly tiny stem on the very not-flat mossy spot where I was taking these pictures. It significantly increases the number of places you can hide these…which is way more fun that it should be!⁠


The pattern is Foraged and it’s out now on ravelry! And it’s all linked up in the pattern, but if you want to see all the stuff I use to make my various little knits do their various tricks, I have it all linked up over on amazon (amazon stuff is always affiliate stuff because it helps pay the hosting bills).