Day 16 – starfish
Starfish are weird. First of all, the starfish is not actually a fish. Scientists would prefer us to call them sea stars as they are actually echinoderms (spiny skinned), closely related to sea urchins. They can live up to 35 years and can weigh as much as 11 pounds. They can regenerate missing arms – albeit very slowly. They have no brain (poor stupid starfish) and no blood but filter salt water through their bodies. Their diet consists of mollusks such as mussels, clams and oysters. They eat by attaching to their prey, extending their stomachs out through their mouths to digest the food outside their bodies before delivering the partially digested dinner to a second stomach inside the body 🤢 Hmmm – you don’t think they’re so cute now, do you?!
So today – Day 16 of our trip – we’re making three of these little sea star weirdos. They’re incredibly simple to make and you’ll whip them up in no time at all, I promise.
Our colour palette today is just gorgeous – NUDE and FOX.
Start with a Magic Ring – also known as a Magic Loop or Magic Circle. We have a fab Moo tutorial that you can use if you’re unsure of how to do this:
I work 5 dc into my magic loop and slip stitch back into the first st to join. I chain 3 and work slip stitches as follows:
I repeat this a further 4 times, working round the dcs from the previous row, to end up with a five legged starfish. I make 2 more little sea stars.
To finish, I cut a length of the FOX yarn. If you look at the yarn closely, you can see the strands are twisted together. To embellish our star fish, we only want two of those strands as it would otherwise be too thick. Untwist the yarn in the opposite direction of the ply and it will separate into strands:
Pull out two to sew on a star shape, using the centre of your closed up magic ring as the centre of your star and working a stitch up to each of your starfish legs.
And we’re done! I’ll meet you all tomorrow on the pontoon with a line and some bacon and we can go crabbing!