One, Purl Two (20.08.12)
Want to make your very own set of home-made Clangers?
now you can, thanks to this natty new book...
Clangers: Make the Clangers and Their Planet with 15 Easy
(Carol Meldrum / Anova Books) does exactly
what it says in its protracted title and provides
us with a series of
guides so you can make your very own set of pink moon
and more. Here's the publisher's spiel:
"This fantastic new book will allow you to knit your
own Clanger. Choose from Major, Mother, Granny,
Small and Tiny. Also includes instructions on making
the friends of the Clangers – the Soup Dragon, Iron
Chicken and of course the Froglets. There are insider
tips and tricks to create your very own Clanger planet
with step-by-step instructions for Tiny's boat and
Major's rocket as well as sets and trees. Learn how
to make scenery, backdrops and props, and perfect
that distinctive Clanger whistle!"
And you know, there's something completely appropriate
this, given how the original series was such a homemade
itself, with Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin fashioning
puppets and sets in that old Kentish cowshed.
"The Clangers" have an enduring appeal, don't
they? - They are
simple space creatures, eking out a charmed existence
distant moon, away from the 24hr pace of our modern
far removed from the Internet, Wi-Fi and multichannel
And when our technology intrudes upon their little realm,
are bemused by its prescence. They flirt with it only
for the very
shortest of time before rejecting it, or finding a far more
use for it, away from their moon...
Hmm. Now that we're thinking about it, you might argue
the Clangers would probably reject this book too. It
would be just
one more unnecessary thing to them. And worse, it's
a thing that
begets even more unnecessary things with which to
clutter up the
world. But Clangers fans will find this book very