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Building It

  1. Lay your sock out flat and measure the width of the top (the sock’s opening). You are going to snip all of the sock above the ankle into strips, which will ultimately become our squid’s arms and tentacles. As Figure 3-3 illustrates, you’ll want each of the arms to be roughly half the width of the two big tentacles. If your sock is around 3 1/2″ wide (which isn’t unusual), you’ll want each arm to be about 1/2″ wide and the tentacles a bit over 1″ wide (wider tentacles will be easier to work with). To generalize this: In terms of squid appendages, the top of your sock is 6x inches across, where each arm is x inches wide, and the tentacles are 2x inches wide. If you do the math for this hypothetical sock, you’ll find that the arms should ...

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