Walnuts. Tree ornaments. Bells. The cultural obsession with unsightly Christmas sweaters knows no limits.
But the true spirit of the ugly Christmas sweater may live most vividly at the Animal Ark Thrift Store on the east side of St. Paul.
There, Darlissa McDonald — a woman with imagination and a glue gun — waits to assemble any sweater you can imagine, and probably a few sweaters you can't.
The store raises money for Animal Ark's no-kill animal shelter. MPR News paid the store a visit to meet McDonald and document her creative process.