Monday, December 15, 2008

The Bodysnatcher!!

So, I tried on my sweater before I seamed the sleeves, just to get an idea of how it would fit. I am home with my mom, so she becomes my fashion critic.

Me: Mommy, I want you to tell me how this looks.
Mom: Stares at me like I have two heads
Me: Come on, it's just not finished yet...but I need you to tell me if the fit is ok.
Mom: It looks like revenge of the Bodysnatchers. Look at how those two things are just hanging on the side.
Me: Those are the sleeves. I just have to seam them. Ugghh!!!

Fast forward to the Sit N Knit Holiday Party, where muggles are not allowed.
"Oh, I LOVE your sweater" "Did you make that?" "How long did it take?" "Oh, and it matches your hat" "I LOVE Bobbles" "You must be so warm in that" "Is that a Twinkle pattern?" "Where can I find a pattern?" "You look all cuddly and snuggly.. can I touch your sweater.. can I hug you?"

Rule #1 when knitting - Never ask a Muggle for advice.
Here is my sweater. I am contemplating making a second one.

Here are some more highlights from the party.
First off, I met Louise who was my gift exchange knitter. She picked my name out of the bag, and I couldn't be any happier with my gift.
She made me a Tudora scarf/cowl. It matches my coat perfectly. Yay!!
The recipient of my gift was Katya. I made a hat that I designed, which I now declare "The Fashionista Hat". Yes, it was inspired by the super-fashionable MJB many blog posts ago. I think that had a little to do with it. LOL!! Don't we look super-cute?? Katya loves the hat, and I am so happy to have her as a new friend. It was made using Cascade Magnum, and it took somewhere between 2-3 hours to make and seam together.

So, next up was the raffle with super-cool prizes. I donated 4 sets of Sit N' Knit Stitch Markers to the raffle. Jen, who was sitting at my table won them, and then she won another prize, and another, and another. I actually won a pair of my own stitch markers as well, but I put my name back into the raffle to give someone else a chance to win them. Karma is good. I won this book in return, with the same ticket number. Yipee!!
I got to hang out with some cool friends. Yes, we had a baby in a bar!!! Good thing she wasn't reaching for my drink. LOL!!! And, here is the proud and beautiful mommy, Tawana. She is wearing her Tilted Duster, and the hat that she received as a gift. It looks like the Republic hat.

I also got to see some familiar faces that I haven't seen in a while.
Here is Allena who moved out of New York to pursue a different career path.

Here are Sahara and Marva who I haven't seen in months, even though we live in the city. Life just gets busy in the city.

The best part?? Homemade cookies with my initials on it!!! They were super-good. Kudos to A-M for baking them.

Although the beginning of my weekend was a little downtrodden with some Corporate America BS, the knitting party on Saturday truly lifted my spirits. Knitting friends are the best!!! I had such a blast.

On another note, I have all the time in the world to knit now. So, hit me up if you wanna go fondle some yarn at a store, or if you are still stuck on how to do two socks at a time, toe-up, on a magic loop.

My next stop will be volunteering at the Seaman's Church Institute. They need people to knit for the men and women who work on those freight ships and barges, and don't get to be home for the holidays. Won't you send them a little love. Contribute to a care package.


Harlem Purl said...

Thanks for giving an update to those of us who couldn't make it. Looks like you guys had so much fun! You working that sweater too. I've been wanting to make a Twinkle sweater for the longest.

Nettie said...

Clearly, muggles know nothing :D
Though, even they should see how hot that sweater is! I love it, you wear it very well!

The party looks like it was fun. I couldn't make it, my daughter had an art showing that day. Maybe next time.

sophanne said...

I know I say this every time, but You Are So Beautiful.

Nik said...

girl, i need that hat pattern.

you're right. muggles just don't get it. and might i add that you made that sweater in record time. dang.

Nik said...

girl, i need that hat pattern.

you're right. muggles just don't get it. and might i add that you made that sweater in record time. dang.

Kim said...

You go to the best parties! Your sweater looks awesome and so matchy with your hat. Never ask a muggle for an opinion on partially finished knits. I sure hope your Mom liked the finished sweater!

Yvonne said...

I thought I recognized Tawana in that first picture!! I met her at Rhinebeck, right???! :) PS - great sweater!!!

Deborah-- said...

Wow! Twinkle sure does have some stretch quality. I didn't realize it would fit the way it does. Gorgeous. So proud!

NikkiJ said...

The sweater is fantastic. I must confess, I doubted you the whole time I watched it's construction. I love it!

nicolina said...

sweater = gorgeous
party = fun!!

craftivore said...

HAHAHA, Muggle Mommy! It's so true, I have a muggle mommy too but she just always says everything looks wonderful so it's hard to believe her. Your sweater is freakin awesome and it looks fabulous on you.

Virtuous said...

Knitting friends ARE the best!!

Giggle @ Muggle comment and baby not reaching for drinks ;op

Happy Holidays Shameka!!

Mary Beth said...

Smokin' hot!

hope said...

Hi Shameka. So sorry I missed the SNK holiday party this year. It looked like a lot of fun. The sweater is beautiful, I'm impressed. Still waiting for the the 'you know what' recipe. Have a wonderful Christmas. See you in the New Year.

hope said...

Just want to wish you a very Happy New Year. Many blessings.

Annie said...

"Can I hug you?" Hahahhaha! That is a great Muggle story.I loved that sweater on you, and the best place to wear it is a knitting party, of course! Thank you for coming, it was great to see you! Happy yarning in 2009!

Scheherazaad said...

I'm not a big Twinkle fan but I love that sweater on you. Happy New Year.