Okay, lots of things to show and tell:
1. It's still sinking in that I won the You Knit What?? Halloween contest. I was 150% sure that I'd win, but when I saw myself in that silly dance pose on their blog, it was a shocker. How fun is that? And everyone leaving comments on that post have been very supportive and congratulatory, which I really appreciate. I had a moment of panic last night that I was going to get blasted by knitbloggers all over the country, but I'm glad that I was wrong. I haven't told the recipient of the top about all of this, nor do I intend to. It might really hurt her feelings. I of course don't want that to happen, so I probably shouldn't have entered it, but I couldn't help it. It's dog-butt-fugly.
2. I finally finished my Union Square Market Pullover and have the pictures to prove it:
This is my Eunny pose. I don't look as endowed as she does, though - probably because I'm not.
This is my rendition of the cover of Interweave Knits. Holding your hands in that position while maintaining a pretentious smirk on your face is not the easiest thing in the world to do!
Here's a closeup of the shoulder buttons (along with a smidge of purple bra and a smattering of neck freckles). Pretty, huh? Wow - I guess I never realized how freckly I am! I mean, I know I have freckles, but to see them up close sheds a different light on their multitude!
I love the sweater and am anxiously waiting for it to get cold (and stay cold) enough to wear it. It was cold enough all last week, but I didn't have it finished then. Now it's back up to 70 degrees this week - figures.
3. My Compa Secreta sent me a package yesterday - yippee! Here's a picture of the goodies inside the bag inside the bag inside the bag inside the bag inside the box that I found waiting on my doorstep when I got home (she had it packed very creatively because her post office ran out of the right sized box):
Skeins of purple yarn that I envision growing up to be some pretty springtime top; a skein of wonderfully yummy handpainted mohair (I think she did that herself - did you, Compa Secreta?); 2 Lucinda Williams CDs (we share a fondness for Dwight Yoakam, and she says Lucinda is the female version of Dwight); a James Dean postcard; and 3 yummy bars of dark chocolate. Husband and I broke into the one with the raisins and pecans last night - delish!
She also included prezzies for Hayden - a Snow White keychain/candy thing and a Cinderella toothbrush that came with toothpaste and a mini-CD. (Pardon the glare on the CD. The plastic covering's not off yet.) As soon as we opened them last night, he wouldn't let them go. She's a very thoughtful Compa Secreta. Yes, I do realize the I have a son and not a daughter, but he is REALLY into Disney princesses. He's either already realized how hot princesses with rockin' bodies are, or he's in touch with his feminine side.
4. We made trick-or-treating a family affair last night: I was Snow White, Hayden was Dopey, and, much to my surprise, Husband was the Evil Queen. He had borrowed a costume from a coworker and kept it a secret until he came out of the bathroom with it on! It was quite a hoot. Bet you didn't know that the Evil Queen had a soul patch on her chin!
Snow White (with some scary hair) and an extremely cute Dopey getting ready to pilfer candy from unsuspecting neighbors (just kidding - we asked for it first).
Snow White, Dopey, and the Evil (Drag) Queen. Happy Halloween, y'all!