Knit the Squid 5: On Beyond Tail

By Brenda Clough

As you can see, I have got to where the narrowing of the fins, combined with the widening of the body area, has now  got me past the tail completely.  Whew!  Some more slow body widening is going to continue as I go up, until the body is the canonical 18 inches wide  At that point it’ll be a straight knit until I get to the head/eyeball region  This is going to take a while. FYI, I am increasing four stitches, at four cardinal points evenly spaced around the circumference of the body, about every inch or so.  This seems to be about the right rate of widening.  Did I mention that squid are wonderfully forgiving in the figure?  Sculpted abs are not an issue here.  Essentially I can get away with an awful lot.

A note on color.  As you can see, I’m dropping in a maroon strip every now and then, in an irregular way.  I plan to gradually cease using it as I get towards the head.  This will allow me to make the eyeball surrounds quite vivid by rimming them with color.  Also, as I am sure everyone will agree, the tips of feeder palps and tentacles need to be maroon, or some such other darker hue.

But, boy howdy, those tentacles are going to be tedious.  24 feet of feeder palp! I am mulling Evil Plans to address this obstacle, to be revealed in the future.

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.

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Knit the Squid 5: On Beyond Tail — 3 Comments

  1. Maybe spool-knit the tentacles? [ponder] For me at least, that’d be a lot faster than trying to knit a skinny little tube with four straight needles. 😛

    Angie

  2. When I was younger, I had one of those hotpad-weaving kits, which lets you weave fabric loops into colorful squares. My friends and I figured out how to make these fabric loops into long chains, and from there it was a short step to long chains of yarn.

    Hold your left hand out, palm facing you. With a strand of yarn in your right hand, grab the loose end with your left thumb and weave yarn around fingers in a figure-eight pattern (I always started by going in front of my index finger, then behind the middle finger, in front of the ring finger, and then all the way around my pinkie, reversing as I came back). Do this again, and then take the bottom loops up and over your fingers to the back of your hand. Keep going. After a few iterations, pull on the “knitting,” and you will start to see a rope form.

    These ropes are probably too thin for tentacles, but several braided together might work. In any case, they can be made quickly and take little attention.