My niece in California suggests that I knit an actual eye socket for an eyeball, which of course is going to be a real ball of the right size. It would not be difficult to find two matching toy balls; I am thinking of the kind of light plastic ball that is in ball pits at children’s restaurants. This is what Dollar Stores are for. If I knit a pocket at the right spot, I could insert the ball and then snug the opening in with a drawstring, holding the ball in. A Sharpie, or some nice black acrylic paint, would do for the pupil. This would keep the eye ball in, allow the animal to be laundered (how could one have a dry-clean-only squid?!?) and even allow it to be pointed in any direction I like! Mother Nature probably has the best blueprint after all.
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.