I don't know how the hell it happened, but my employer's notoriously awful football team is going to bowl game. The atmosphere at work is akin to the last four minutes of the Lusitania.
This has diverted my attention from many far more pleasant things, like y'all. Hence this paltry short post.
As I was saying to Laura Bush the other day, don't you just absolutely detest real life sometimes? (The poor dear had no idea what I was talking about.)
It's so cold in Chicago right now that I just saw a chicken crossing the road with a capon. Hah!
A woman on the subway offered to buy Susan's in-progress ruana right off my needles. I didn't sell it to her, needless to say, but decided to take this as a good sign that the colors and such are working. The drape of the fabric is the best of anything I've ever knitted.
Holiday Shopping Guide
I had a couple requests by e-mail for Christmas stuff, and I thought okay, fine, it would be fun to put a holiday design in the shop.
So here he is, Franklin's 2005 elf. I told my friend John in Dallas about this drawing ("a little elf with a great big ball of yarn"), and he asked if it was autobiographical. I would just like to say for the record that I am not quite that small.
[Insert your own joke here about the size of the ball. I know you will anyway.]
Dude is available on an ornament and a card. I will be perfectly honest and say I'm not fully pleased with either. Café Press doesn't allow for two-sided ornaments, and I find their prices for cards to be outrageous. But until I become a real company, they're all I've got.
Like E.M. Delafield's immortal Provincial Lady, I reflect that Life is often Like That.
I wanted to do something more ecumenical, since not everybody celebrates Christmas. This is the best I can do this year. Maybe by next year I'll have expanded into a full line with offerings for Solstice, Diwali, Channukah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, and Gordon Lightfoot's birthday.
For now, I wish you a festive or holy sacred or secular winter-identified holiday of your choosing.