Meet Plarchie: the giant plastic knitted squid

11 Feb

The arrival of Plarchie, the 8-metre giant knitted squid made entirely from plastic bags, came as something of a shock to me. One minute I was wandering the echoey rooms of London’s Natural History Museum pondering what knits might spring from my needles. The next thing I knew I was half-awake buried in a pile of crumpled plarn ends with my needles smoking in my clawlike hands. I had no idea what I’d been up to for the last three days of my life.

And then a cephalopods-shaped shadow fell over me and I turned slowly to meet the horror I had created…

The Giant Squid lurks at 1000 metres below sea level. Doesn't he?

Plarchie was big. He was bigger than big. He was giant. He was made entirely from Sainsbury’s carrier bags and rustled eerily as he walked. But, as his eyes were bulging from the sides of his colossal squid head and he looked out to the sides, he had no idea I was there. I scurried behind a fossil display and observed my handmade horror as he made himself at home.

He tried out a table...

...but found it too hard

He attempted a tentacled dangle. But found he had to hold on. It was a bit scary.

He tried a friendly lap and it was juuuuuuuuust right.

He looked so nice and relaxed. All squishy and slimy and supine. I took a deep breath and approached the ten-tentacled terror. After all I was his creator! Shouldn’t I be able to tame the crinkly beast?

Chillin' with Chuck D

Softly I approached, attempting the crooning melodious call of the sagacious squid whisperer as I neared him.

AAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEE! HE SEES ME! RUN FOR THE HILLS!

I can confidently report there is nothing quite like being slapped in the face by an 8-metre giant plastic knitted squid to remind you stitched sea life are a dangerous breed.

Safe distance squid observation

The last I saw of him Plarchie was headed for Heathrow Airport, his tentacles wrapped firmly around the panic-striken driver of a black taxi cab. Heaven knows what will happen as another of my uncontrolled knits is released upon the world. What calamari catastrophes will he bring about?

I suspect this is not the last I will see of the magnificent mollusc. I pray I see him before he sees me…

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Want to make a woolly mini Squid of your own? Buy the Finger-fighting Stitched Squid knitting pattern

See more Stitched Sealife Escapees over at Knit the City’s: Yarnstorm the Eleventh: Stitched Sealife Escapees

On Ravelry? Visit Plarchie’s project page.

Stalking Neil Gaiman? The fabulous Mr Gaiman tweeted Plarchie on February 19. Plarchie now demands his own trailer. Sigh.

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64 Responses to “Meet Plarchie: the giant plastic knitted squid”

  1. Rachel February 11, 2011 at 11:58 #

    I love giant squid and I love knitting. Plarchie is fabulous. Well done. It looks terrific!

    • Deadly Knitshade February 11, 2011 at 12:13 #

      Thanks, chickie. Plarchie waves a tentacle of thanks too. 🙂

  2. Tess February 11, 2011 at 13:31 #

    Plarchie is awesome and has good taste in literary figures. I’m glad he didn’t actually TASTE said figure.

  3. craftygal February 11, 2011 at 13:53 #

    Wow! I am gobsmacked!

  4. Susan February 11, 2011 at 13:55 #

    Plarchie is v. handsome. Wish I were there to give him a hug.

  5. Liz Burton February 11, 2011 at 21:17 #

    That is amazing!!

  6. Katie February 11, 2011 at 22:41 #

    Omg this is pretty much the best thing EVAR, you are my hero. I wanted to let you know that I mentioned Plarchie in my newest blog entry, thanks so much for sharing it with us!

    • Deadly Knitshade February 11, 2011 at 22:45 #

      Woot! Thanks so much. It is indeed hard to pull off a decent plarn knit. I’ve seen some scary ones…

  7. Howie Woo February 12, 2011 at 02:17 #

    You made Plarchie out of plarn, but filled it with wonder & whimsy 🙂 Congratulations on your creation and the hilarious photos! Long live seafood!!

    • Deadly Knitshade February 12, 2011 at 02:46 #

      Why thank you, sir. Plarn people have feelings too. 🙂

  8. Jessamy February 12, 2011 at 11:56 #

    Plarchie Teuthis is astounding. Your fearlessness in bringing him into the world is even more impressive! I only wish I could make one in the States, but our plarn (I like this word!) is usually a dull tan color or a lifeless white. Nothing that would do for a Plarchie.

    • Deadly Knitshade February 12, 2011 at 12:38 #

      Thanks!

      Maybe you could make an albino cousin for him. 🙂

  9. Emma February 14, 2011 at 22:11 #

    Fantastic!

  10. Anxiety Knits February 15, 2011 at 04:25 #

    I need a huge knitted squid, and I need it now.

    http://anxietyknits.blogspot.com/

  11. Sanna February 15, 2011 at 10:31 #

    This is too awesome for words.

  12. Kate a.k.a. Knitapotamus February 16, 2011 at 21:41 #

    Awesome squid . . . love it! Go you!! I am feeling very inspired by your calamitous calamari 🙂

    • Deadly Knitshade February 16, 2011 at 21:56 #

      Awww. Shucks, thanks.

      Hey, you’re the caterpillar root graffiti knitter! I loved that. Also loved your Valentine’s one. Did you see ours?

      • Kate a.k.a. Knitapotamus February 16, 2011 at 22:51 #

        Just checked out your Valentine’s efforts – fabulous! Especially loved Eros’ string of hearts!
        Yup, it’s me with the caterpillar root graffiti! I’m just a baby beginner on the yarnstorm/knit graffiti front though – only started 2 weeks ago, and have only hit the local hospital so far!! Plan to spread my wings a little further though 😉

      • Deadly Knitshade February 16, 2011 at 22:59 #

        Go! Go!

        I just added your link to my Sneaky Stitchers links. Keep up the good yarnstorming! 🙂

  13. Spunkfreddiemercury February 19, 2011 at 12:07 #

    Wowsers, well done hun.

  14. Jen Voyce February 19, 2011 at 12:14 #

    Somewhere floating about in the Pacific is a giant mass of waste plastic. I believe Plarchie has gone to tackle this mess in super squid style. I love him, wish I could have met him! Maybe one day he will return….

    • Deadly Knitshade February 19, 2011 at 12:52 #

      He’ll be back and when he does he’ll glad extend a tentacle to you. Then he’ll eat you. Sorry about that.

  15. Knot By Gran'ma February 19, 2011 at 18:45 #

    This is pretty much one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. Love it and wow…

  16. myalweed February 19, 2011 at 22:44 #

    Oooh – this is soo cool! I’m now feeling inspired to do something with the zillions of yards of plarn made from Target bags.

  17. Shan March 10, 2011 at 00:53 #

    Excellentness… *off to search for plarn tutorial*

  18. Jasmin March 17, 2011 at 11:27 #

    I ❤ IT!
    As I saw your squid the first time wraping his arms around Charles Darwin, it took me 2 times to see that someone KNITTED it! Unbelieveable! But your book showed me a lot more fascinating things to see AND to imitate! Germany so far has absolutely been neglected with those knitted works of art! I try to change it NOW! :-)))

    • Deadly Knitshade March 17, 2011 at 11:37 #

      Best of luck to you!

      And thanks again for liking my book. Very kind of you. 🙂

  19. ana April 8, 2011 at 17:54 #

    oh my goodness, this gave me giggle fits! hilarious, fabulous! well done.

  20. twixraider June 30, 2011 at 20:00 #

    I LOVE SQUIDS! I’m rather curious if and what you’ll knit in my hometown Augsburg… maybe our mascot? Here it is:

    • Deadly Knitshade July 1, 2011 at 09:59 #

      This is your mascot? A beer-drinking bloke with one arm, a black nose and a hat?!?! Blimey.

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