Thursday, December 18, 2008

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

It's that time in the holiday season – you know, that (!!!) time. So to evoke feelings of pity and terror in gentle readers and to promote catharsis for the good of all, permit me to present a vintage Marisa Christina Christmas sweater. It was a gift from a well-meaning relative anxious to provide a bit of suburban holiday chic. It remains quite possibly the scariest garment I still own.

Marisa Christina cardi

Can you see why? It's not the panda-inspired contrast body and sleeves, nor the lavish mix of intarsia, embroidery, appliqué, metallic thread, and beading, nor even the real jingle bell on the toy train engine.

Jingle bell

It's not the shoulder pads that would make Nolan Miller weep for joy, nor the chenille tree.

Chenille tree

No, no, no – it's the genius and glory of this design: the train wraps around the hips from front to back, placing the caboose on, yes, the caboose. Sometimes it's no wonder rampaging space aliens always make certain to obliterate New Jersey.

Sweater back

What say you? Wear it to MY SnB Knit n' Knog or no?

13 comments:

dragon knitter said...

hell, yeah, wear it! atleast it'll provide some comedic relief, lol.

Bezzie said...

Seriously? I think I might want to spend next year knitting a hideous disgusting holiday sweater for the heck of it. The Caboose Caboose Sweater is quite inspirational! Wear it!!

(And are you geared up for the High French Toast Alert tomorrow?)

Cindy G said...

My eyes! They're burning, Burning!!!!!!!!!

Of course you should wear it.

Ladona said...

A Christmas knitting event is really the ONLY event to which you should ever wear it. Why keep all those tacky design elements to yourself?

knitarooooo said...

I thought you looked very festive and *BRIGHT* last night - it was the perfect sweater to wear for the occasion ;o)

Daniele said...

OMG! It IS really cute, I can't help myself from liking it! Definitely wear it (oh...I see, you did wear it, good for you!)

P.S. The shoulder pads definitely come out though! ugh.

Cusegirl1999 said...

Are you kidding? It's the only time of year you can wear tacky and gaudy? Seriously, if you don't wear it, it would be a shame!

JessaLu said...

Okay so I'm scrolling through my RSS reader, getting caught up on blogs (okay SKIMMING. Ya caught me) and I'm suddenly FREAKING BLINDED by a chenille xmess tree.

Seriously, ya gotta warn people. ;op

Tola said...

not only yes but HELL YES!!!!

a friend to knit with said...

holiday sweaters are classic!!!
my mother in law has a different one for everyday of the month. at least it seems like that. :)

Kim said...

I am so glad you wore that hideous sweater to KnitnKnog! Sweaters like yours really make the holdiay season festering. Ooops, I mean festive. I didn't notice that the caboose was on your caboose. No wonder you remained seated most of the night!

Delica said...

That is the best Christmas sweater I have ever seen - did you wear it with leggings?

Geraldine said...

actually the SnB event would indeed be the best place to wear it. at least other knitters would appreciate it. It's a sweet little thing, even if you would perhaps not feel comfy wearing it. Use it for your knitting events - at least you can say you've made good use of it and let others enjoy the lovely handiwork that went into it!