How the Flagellum Got its Kinks:
A bedtime story for knitters, with pictures.
First, the wool yarn was dampened.
Then, it was wound around an old-fashioned hairpin*. Over, under, over, under.
Next, a paper clip held the yarn.
Last, the impatient knitter blow-dried the flagella.
The paper clip came off.
The hair pin was unwound: under, over, under, over.
Now it’s time for bed. Lights out!
*Used in this house for ballet buns. An opened-up paper clip could work too, or other household objects I haven’t thought of yet.