– There’s… There’s a.. I think it’s a snake?
– (incredulously) A snake?
– Well it’s squirming around like a snake! Maybe it’s a worm. Either way it’s wiggly and it’s IN. THE. HOUSE.
That’s pretty much how the discovery of a tiny snake in my house went. The beau and I had just gotten back to my house after eating brunch, and I discovered something squirming across the tile in the middle of the living room.
I caught him in a food storage container, and immediately started taking pictures of him. I needed to determine what it was. Is it a worm? (not so bad) A snake? (no thank you, sir.) A baby snake? (nooooooo!) If it’s a baby snake, are there more of them? Are there hundreds of snake eggs somewhere in my house, waiting to hatch and release an army of tiny baby snakes in my living room?!
If that happened, I might have to light my living room on fire. Or at least run away and never come back.
Thanks to r/austin, we learned that panic wasn’t needed. He was a snake, but he wasn’t a baby. He’s a Texas Blind Snake, apparently harmless and much like earthworms in that they are happiest digging around in the soil. This picture makes the little snake look huge. He’s actually tiny, about the width of a pencil lead, about 4 inches long, and full grown. He likely came into the house because of the crazy rain that we’ve been having. After this discovery, I decided total destruction and fire wasn’t necessary, took control of my nerves, and released him outside – very far away from the house.
The next day, while on a conference call, I found another one squirming around on the floor under my chair, right next to my feet. Ohmigourd, not cool, little snake! I caught him in a mug and tactfully finished my call (without squealing) before taking him outside.
I’m very proud of how I handled all this because, as much as I’m an animal lover, I really do not like snakes. And I especially do not like snakes unexpectedly showing up in my house. I get the heebie-jeebies just retelling this story. Blech.
So anyway, I tell you that story to tell you explain this to you. It may not have been the rain at all that brought the tiny snakes into my house. I may have been summoning them all week…
With this! Oh, I am so excited that he’s finished! This is the multicolored project I wrote about last week, and I am ridiculously happy with how he turned out. I’m so happy about it that I don’t even care if knitting him summoned a couple tiny snakes (… although I will be wary about that in the future).
The pattern is the Striped Stockinette Snake from PurlBee. The construction is brilliant. I’ll admit I was a little wary about how he would turn out while reading the instructions, but I just went with it exactly how it was written, and it turned out perfectly. After knitting him, I gave him a quick bath in cold water with some fruity-smelling shampoo, hung him to dry (I think that lengthened him even more), and then threw him in the dryer with some sheets to really make sure all the water is out – gotta love acrylic yarn! I’ll be shipping him to Tyler in a couple days. :)
This is a fun knit for anyone – even beginners who want to take that next little step up. This is a perfect project. Clean out your yarn stash with this quick knit! Use just two colors or scraps of many colors – your imagination is the only limit here.
Check out my Ravelry Project Page for more details.