How to Make a Sock Squid

Snip_burnScience fiction and fantasy fans may know David Erik Nelson from his quirky stories in magazines like Asimov’s SF Magazine, his Nebula Award nomination, or from his posts at the Giant Squid and Newswire blogs. However, Nelson’s also an accomplished craftsperson whose first DIY book, the delightful Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred: Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids, was recently published by No Starch Press.

What should you expect besides lots of snipping, burning, soldering, and shredding? You’ll learn to sew, perform simple carpentry, and engage in screen printing while creating x-ray drums, guitar effects, steam ships, boomerangs, kites, and games. In other words, the book contains a great mix of the practical and the imaginative, suitable for the entire family.

However, Omni’s favorite project might just be Nelson’s sock squid, which is a rather ingenious fiber project you also can turn into a sock Cthulhu, the legendary monster chronicled by H.P. Lovecraft.

But we’ll let Nelson tell you more about it himself…


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