By Brenda Clough
I have a superpower.
Unfortunately it does not involve leaping tall buildings at a single bound, bullets bouncing from my bracelets, or anything fun like that. My gift is, I can knit anything that I can see. I am smart enough, usually, not to knit anything life-sized that I can see, which saves on yarn. A six-inch-high woolen pony, complete with barn and pasture, was enough when my daughter demanded a pony for Christmas. It would astonish you too, how many patterns there are for this kind of thing. I am by no means alone in my powers.
However, this time, inspired by British knitters, I am going to go for the Big Knit. I propose to knit a giant squid, about life size. Luckily the size range on cephalopods is wide. There are even sites at which to buy a pattern. But, frankly, a squid is a tube-shaped animal, not of difficult construction. I don’t need a pattern to do this — I can just look at the picture here, pick up needles and cast on. All I will need is lots of yarn. So obviously this is going to be a long-term project. I hope to blog about it every other week!
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.