In one of my other lives, I write about knitting. Which means that I spend a lot of time thinking about said craft. Which may or may not be a good thing. But that is another post.
Knitting fiction — I’d define it as when the knitting itself takes on more of a role (like Madame Defarge‘s work in A Tale of Two Cities) than simply as an aside about a character’s habit — has been flung onto the bestseller lists by Kate Jacob’s The Friday Night Knitting Club. Knitting has made its move into genre, too. There are knitting romances, like Rachel Herron’s How to Knit a Love Song and Christie Ridgway’s Dirty Sexy Knitting. There are knitting mysteries, like Anna Canadeo’s While My Pretty One Knits and Maggie Sefton’s Skein of the Crime.*
These titles are making money, by all accounts. So why hasn’t our genre cast on to the knitting subgenre yet?**
Which prompts the question: where is the knitting in science fiction and fantasy? Will folks not knit in the future? Is this a gendered issue? Or does SF/F not lend itself to talking about handwork? Will it not exist in the future? What would SF/F knitting fiction look like?***
* Not anywhere near a complete list. Merely a sample.
**I can think of very few examples of knitting in SF/F, much less books in which it is a major component. A Wrinkle in Timeis all that leaps to mind, frankly.
*** If a fiction writer wants to take this idea and run with it, please do.