Friday, October 07, 2005

Captain Shortguy Vs. Weavezilla



Who will win? Tune in next week to find out!

Today's cartoon is dedicated to hot mama Colleen, who caused a copy of Interweave's facsimile reissue of Weldon's Practical Needlework to be deposited in my mailbox. It is so gorgeous that the minute I took it out of the wrapper I had to excuse myself to be alone with it. My dear, the idea of knitting a shawl from an 1880s pattern thrills me through and through and I will name the first one after you.

And my heartiest thanks to all of you for the advice on places to look for guidance on kitchener. I've gone two rounds with the first seam, and came within one stitch of perfection the second time. I find the process isn't hard, no. The problem lies in getting distracted while I'm working on it, and then forgetting what I just did to which stitch. I can usually figure it out. Usually. The one time I didn't, the sweater won.

But I'll be damned if a pile of wool is going to take me down. VincerĂ²!

Join The Glee Club

I would like to mention that C, a veteran blogger who has been on a long hiatus, has begun a new blog. Go read it and you will likely fall in love with him, too. (Hands off, though, or you're in for a world of hurt, capisce?)

New Shirt

There's another new design in the shop. It's not a cartoon, but I hope y'all will like it. The cartoons are taking a while because, well, making something by hand takes longer. If you read this blog, it's a situation you understand.

I am deeply distressed to learn that Cafe Press is low on plus sizes. I hate that. I'm going to see what I can do to remedy it.

16 comments:

Marilyn said...

I joined the club.

He's an amazing writer. Not unlike yourself, Cap'n Shortguy.

Jon said...

Cap'n...good on you that you got the grafting/weaving/kitchner crap down. Good on you boy!

Oh a side note, in Vickie Howell's new book, there's a pattern for a super hero cape...Maybe you should knit yourself one. You are the right size and all since the book is for kids {snicker}.

I *ahem* like short guys.

Christina said...

Cap'n, have you ever tried saying capisce to an authentic Italian? My friends dared me before my trip to Rome last summer. I did it, and the man looked as if he wanted to flaggelate me. Just a warning.

Colleen said...

I am SO glad you liked the book. I knew you would. Please make sure you let me know exactly which shawl you're knitting so I can follow along in MY Weldon's - vicariously of course since I have so many damn things on the needles now that I MUST. FINISH.

I love all your cartoons. Love 'em!

Eldronius said...

I can not wait to see how the sweater turned out. And I totally understand your fascination with creating things from vintage patterns. I can not wait to see how that project progresses. I may even have to find a copy and try to knit along as well.

sep said...

thanks for the cartoon!!!

JoVE said...

You have got yourself some nice boyfriend. But I think I've said that before. Thanks for sending us over there for a read.

birdfarm said...

I LOVE THE BAG!!!!!!

and the Glee Club. And the drawing.

Just FYI, Christina dear, Franklin's mama is Italian and his family is full of authentic Italians, and his "capisce" is as authentic as they come. When he promises a world of hurt, you believe him--"Shortguy" or no.

Glee Club said...

Thanks for the shout-out, luv. And to the rest of you, I promise my dangling participles will not escalate to the proportions of Michael Jackson in an Italian hotel.

Cheryl said...

I love Captain Shortguy...

he may become as famous as

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS!

Anonymous said...

Those drawings of yours just make me want to say "Thurber." Wendy S.

dragon knitter said...

you, dear, need to put "the new yoga" on a t-shirt! i love it!

Angel said...

Franklin,
Your cartoon just made my day- really- I am sure my upstairs neighbor could hear my hoot of glee...

Felicia said...

Franklin, Cafe Press isn't so much short on plus sizes-- the problem is, they don't offer extended sizes!

I've purchased their 2x before- at best, it might be a true large.

Cafe Press is missing out on a lot of business.

More Captain Shortguy fighting the evils of knitting. . .weaving in ends, being the ultimate!

Cameellie said...

Thank you to Wendy for the Thurber reference! I've been trying to remember for days who I kept flashing on when I looked at Franklin's marvelous cartoons.

Franklin, great yoga cartoon and the Weavzilla illustration for the way I felt the first time I did underarm weaving. Except for the long underwear and mask part because I don't knit in my party clothes.

Sahara said...

Cap'n that sweater looked ferocious! I hope you win.

As far as the costume...careful, you might turn into Mark Newport. You know what happened when he decided to knit a spiderman costume...;)

The glee club is very cool. I can see why the two of you are together. And will be for years to come.