Knit the Squid 7: Cheating, with Technology!

By Brenda Clough

Bwahaha! They sneered at my squid. They laughed, when I told them about the 24 feet of feeder palp! But I knew there was a way to foil them. Behold!

This is a Singer knitting machine. Unlike the expensive large knitting machines, it is a child’s toy, operated by a crank. The salient feature, which I glommed onto instantly, is that it knits largish tubes. Not flat fabric, as most knitting machines do, for sweaters and garments. Or narrow tubes, like knitting noddies or knitting spools do, for use in potholders in Girl Scouts. Largish tubes, do you hear — tentacles!!!!

To further aid in the effort, I slid over to Michael’s and bought a gigantic one-pound skein of white yarn.  My knitting machine needs to be fed!  It was on half-price sale, and does not have quite the harsh feel of the cone of yarn.  But it’s not like anyone is going to -wear- the squid, and differences in texture or even gauge are probably going to be invisible. Impalpable, you might even say.

I have yet to take this thing out of the box and try it out, but I am confident.  The only possible improvement would be powering the crank mechanism with, say a cat on a treadmill.  Or steam…

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.



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: Cheating, with Technology! — 4 Comments

  1. Best to leave the cat out of it. Mr. Chessie would pounce and dismantle to see how it works, then walk away satisfied leaving me to clean up after him.

    Now there are a couple of yappy purse size Chihuahuas in the neighborhood…