02 November 2005
From A Bestiary of Imaginary Species edited by Nenad Dragicevic: Knitter
The knitter, a close relative of the spider, fashions structures from human hair that can resemble the familiar design of a spider’s web but more often mimics the entwining architecture of pigtails. Knitters are native to equatorial regions where ancient peoples placed them in their hair to make tight braids. The knitter has distinctive tiny claws on the ends of its forelegs which it uses to manipulate strands of hair. Knitters often fall into a frenzy of wild thrashing when constructing their hair designs. Their young sometimes get tangled up in the braids. They harden there like tiny decorative beads.