Knit the Squid

By Brenda Clough

It’s not your grandmother’s cardigan any more! Knitting (and the sister art of crochet) can be turned into public art. The practice is so popular in England that they have their own web page, which also discusses the philosophy: feminist, subversive, and urban.

I find the raw creativity of it all intoxicating.  I have a modest superpower: it is the ability to reproduce anything knitted that I can see.  As you can imagine, this image is profoundly inspiring, and I am seized with the ambition to knit my own life-sized cephalopod.

Luckily I have a quantity of rather harsh white worsted, and some purple.  It is too rough to make for a comfortable garment of any kind.  But the perfect colors for a squid!  It would take days and days, of course: time better devoted to novels or book reviews or wrestling with the innards of Book View so as to load up more novels.  So I solicit the opinion of you blog readers.  Should I knit one?  I could recount the process in blog….

My newest novel Speak to Our Desires is out exclusively from Book View Press.

I also have stories in Book View Cafe’s two steampunk anthologies, The Shadow Conspiracy and The Shadow Conspiracy II, as well as in BVC’s many other anthologies.

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About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.


Knit the Squid — 7 Comments

  1. Elsewhere it has been suggested that after I knit it I should try and toss it over the White House fence. I cannot believe that a giant squid has good aerodynamic qualities. But OTOH surely Barack Obama could use one. He may be a man who has everything, but he doesn’t have a life sized cephalopod knitted out of acrylic worsted.

  2. Absolutely!

    The world should be full of whimiscal knits! 🙂 Have you seen all the mini animals? They’re enough to inspire a lifetime of knitting fueled procrastination!

  3. It has been pointed out to me that Washington DC is full of statues that could be further enhanced by a life sized squid. This one is a no-brainer:
    And there are many more — how about the fountain bowl at Dupont Circle:
    It is dry, for want of money to repair the water mechanism. From which a cephalopod could easily crawl, eh? There will be pictures, many pictures! Security issues will prevent Lincoln and Jefferson from participating, I know.

  4. If the fountain is dry, will you show the poor squid gasping for water?

    I can think of few places that would not be improved by a life-sized purple and white cephalopod. I would put it in my living room, in the blue chair. Or possibly draped partly over the bookcase and partly over the TV, in a friendly fashion….