Friday, December 02, 2005

Blog Burp

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.)

Weather Report

It's so cold in Chicago right now that I just saw a chicken crossing the road with a capon. Hah!

Ruana Report

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.


Cheryl:) said...

I thought they were calling it Chrismukkah now..or was it Kwankahmas?
Hmm..have a happy one anyway..
BTW--the elf is darling.

City Wiccan said...

The elf is great!!

Oh, you are from Chicago?!? I hate your postal system . . . make sure you read my blog!!

Happy DivalHannuKwanzaChristSolticemas!

KiwiJames said...

No winter identified holidays in this part of the world!!! Despite having Christmas in the middle of Summer in the Southern hemisphere we still insist on having the full heavy traditional Christmas dinner of turkey with all the trimmings... and then waddle off to a beach somewhere to get sunburned. At this time of year re-classify my body being a temple to my body becoming a Roman ruin.

Anonymous said...

And a Happy gwfgwf* to you too!

*gwfgwf - generic winter festive gathering with food, pronounced 'gwiff gwiff'. Phrase was coined on an anonymous legal chatboard I used to frequest.

Anonymous said...

Now you are making me wonder if Gordon Lightfoot's birthday is in December and if I will lose my Canadian citizenship for not knowing. The elf is cute. If i had more time, I might even order expensive cards but I'm off to the UK on the 15th. I suspect I need to purchase cards rather quickly...

Anonymous said...

Gordon Lightfoot...snort...I knew there was a reason I liked you...

Dude. Really good things come in small packages. I bet you 100 grams of alpaca I'm smaller than you. My husband refers to me as a brainy midget disguised as a hottie.

Sometimes you just want to blast "If You Could Read My Mind" at volume 10 because someone deserves it...

Beth said...

I'd love to see this elf on a t-shirt, but then I still wouldn't be able to wear it. I need a "brunhilda" size, which cafepress doesn't carry.

Love the blog, love the art.

Have a good one.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Delafield reference! Awesome.

dpaste said...

"I wish you a festive or holy sacred or secular winter-identified holiday of your choosing."

That is the best greeting I have received or expect to receive this entire season.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

How about a menorah with out candles but balls of yarn!!!! This little Jewess would snap thatup in a heartbeat!

Love the busy little elf. Did he spin that himself?

Nik said...

your cartoons are the greatest:) they always make me smile.

happy to "know" such a talented soul.

goblinbox said...

The chicken joke: **groan**

Unknown said...

I just had to have the cards. Not to send to my knitting friends but to my nonknitting friends. Just so they know.

Call it forcefeeding, if you will. said...

Pretty helpful piece of writing, thanks so much for your post.

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