The First Thing Is to Knit the Squid

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.


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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.


The First Thing Is to Knit the Squid — 6 Comments

  1. I tell you no lie, I was just thinking yesterday how I would love to see a super hero whose specialty is knitting. I mean if Spidey can capture criminals and fly through the air with spider webs, how much more effective wouldn’t somebody who can knit be? Think of the savings on the price of silk alone.

  2. Oh, it’s been done. There was even a knitting super-hero team in a comic book (which included a needlework pattern in every issue). I reviewed it here at some point in the past.

    I propose to knit a squid six feet long in the body. The 8 tentacles will be six more feet, and then the 2 feeder palps have to extend to a total of 24 feet. That, by any definition of the word, would be a giant squid!

  3. You said it, pal. This is going to be a long, long project, so I am only going to blog about it every other week or so. How many “Another inch and a half on tentacles!” postings can we tolerate, after all.