There is now a bucket on the lower shelf of my nightstand. It contains several balls of yarn, knitting needles, a crochet hook, and a round loom.

I sat and worked until my back ached.

Why?

Because the family White Elephant Gift Exchange theme is “hand-made” this year. And I was certainly using my hands, although it was my back that felt it the most.

What am I making? What will it look like? I have a bad history with yarn–will it even be something that can be readily identified by a noun in the English language? I don’t know yet. All I know is that the yarn is pretty colors and soft to work with. The theme is “hand-made,” not “useful.” God forbid anyone comes up with that as a theme some year.

However, my family should be afraid. They should be very afraid of this impending monstrosity. Someone will get stuck with it come Christmas day.

At least it’ll be small and easy to ship home.