Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: "Knitting with Light"

This poem came out of the September 1, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] lone_cat. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.


"Knitting with Light"


Chryssa had been a glassblower
before the accident, breathing into pipes
and pulling out exquisite sculptures.

Then came the explosion of the kiln
and several horrible weeks in the hospital
when everyone thought she was going to die.

After the accident, though,
she became something different.

She became Crystella, the Glassmistress.

The glass could no longer hurt her --
almost nothing could hurt her anymore.

She could take on the form of molten glass,
glowing and fluid and hot enough
to burn whatever she touched.

She could control the stuff too,
reaching into it with her superpower
to melt and manipulate it.

Crystella learned how to shape glass
with her bare hands, blow bubbles with her lips,
spin it out into long golden strands.

She figured out how to knit with it,
and oh, that was tricky, keeping it
liquid yet not letting it stick to itself
until she had moved down the row.

There was a call from SPOON, during which
Crystella pressed the phone against her shoulder
and tried to remember not to melt the damn thing
while going "uh huh" a lot and explaining,
several times, that she didn't really
want to be a superhera.

She was an artist --
she had always been an artist --
only the methodology had changed.

As soon as the recruiter gave up,
Crystella set down the phone and
picked up her lapwork again,
knitting with light and power
the creatures of a coral reef.

* * *

Notes:

Crystella, the Glassmistress (Chryssa Staats) -- She has tinted skin, amber eyes, and long straight hair of dark brown. She lives in Virginia. Her kitchen skills lean toward making nibblements for her artist friends. Chryssa tends toward a freestyle life, like many creative people, and isn't very good at imposing order. Sometimes she mixes things around just for the heck of it.
Crystella makes beautiful glass sculptures, originally with ordinary tools but now with her bare hands. She has done glassblowing, a little lampwork, carving, and now knitting. Chrystella prefers being an artist to becoming a superhera. She has also taken up modeling, because some of her friends are downright enchanted by her Glass Form, although in terms of technical skill she's not very adept yet.
Origin: Injured when a glass kiln exploded, she sustained serious injuries and almost died. Despite expectations she survived, and developed superpowers.
Uniform: Only natural fibers, so they won't melt. In the workshop she wears form-fitting clothes that won't snag, but outside she loves long flowing skirts and flapping sleeves.
Qualities: Master (+6) Glassworking, Expert (+4) Aesthetics, Expert (+4) Dexterity, Good (+2) Bohemian Friends, Good (+2) Making Munchies, Good (+2) Poetry Fan, Good (+2) Thermodynamics
Poor (-2) Organization
Powers: Good (+2) Glass Powers, Average (0) Invulnerability
Her metapower includes Glass Control and Glass Form so far.
Motivation: To capture the light.

* * *

The original prompt referred to knit glass made by knitting in wax and then making a mold. Basically this is what Chrystella makes by hand with actual glass thread.

Other methods that use glass thread include 3D printing and spun glass.

Knitting has been used for making coral reefs, sea creatures, and other water animals.
Tags: crafts, cyberfunded creativity, fantasy, fishbowl, poem, poetry, reading, weblit, writing
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