Martha: Errrr... ok. Thanks for inviting me. *twists around in seat to see elephant sipping politely from tiny teacup*
Steph: I wanted to talk to you about this photo.
Can you tell me a little more about it?
Martha: It's the Leaf Lace Shawl from FiberTrends. I made it using Lucy Neatby's Celestial Merino. It's for my grandmother.
Martha: Thanks. I think she'll like it too.
Steph: *distracted, looking at notes* Uh huh. Fascinating. And how long did it take you to complete?
Martha: Um, about a month?
Steph: I see. *rustles through papers on lap* I see here that you learned to knit in January of this year, and yet the projects you have tackled in these last 8 months are not what one might consider "beginner projects". Could you please explain to us how it is that you manage to knit so much and to advance so quickly in your skills and knowledge?
Martha: *blushing demurely* Well, I really enjoy knitting and wanted to learn more about it when I started, so I read as much as I could about the subject. Also, working at our LYS has allowed me to learn about different yarns and techniques.
Steph: So, youre saying that it has something to do with some sort of mystical beings, not unlike the elves in the cobbler's house?
Martha: Pardon me?
Steph: Elves. The elves are helping you at night, are they not?
Martha: I'm not sure what you're talking about.
Steph: The Elves. Tiny men and sometimes women. Wearing green, usually a jaunty hat of some sort?
Martha: *looking around for an exit, seeing only my imaginary world, which is, of course, filled with yarn* Um...
Steph: *expectant look on face*
Martha: Oh! THOSE elves. Of course. Yes, they help me out while I sleep.
Steph: uh huh... go on.
Martha: *panicked, but falling into step with my delusion* They, uh, do a little knitting. Sometimes, they take care of the laundry and... and... sweep the floors, feed the cat... you know, so I have more time to knit during the day.
Steph: Fascinating. And how does one go about getting their own elves?
Martha: Well, I'm not entirely sure, mine just kind of... um... appeared, out of thin air.
Steph: Appeared? *snort of laughter* You don't expect me to believe that do you?
Steph: Elves don't appear out of thin air.
Martha: *looking bewildered* But, but...
Steph: Clearly, you're delusional.
Steph: It's ok. Don't worry about it. I've heard of this happening. You're stressed out. You've got too many WIPs. You're starting to believe that elves appear out of thin air.
Martha: *stare of disbelief*
Steph: There, there. You'll be fine. Just finish off a few projects. Here. Have some tea. Cedric, could you pour some more tea?
*cue the elephant*