Thursday, October 12, 2006

Zipper madness

I went to pick up a sweater for my db from the shoe repair place who kindly sewed in a zipper for me. (I found out that a zipper would cost me $15, if I could find one long enough, and the entire service cost $18, so it seemed like a no-brainer. Especially when the baby sweater I've been trying to add a zipper to is not going well.) She said the called and asked if I wanted the zipper to go all of the way up the collar. By the time I called her, she had already sewn it in. She says she tried it on herself and decided the collar would be too tall with a zipper all of the way to the top, so stopped short. I pointed out that the sweater is for a man who is taller than her, by about a foot. She said to bring it back if he didn't like it the way she did it.

Why this long-winded story? Pleasant ending? Not sewing my own zipper? In other words, freedom from zipper heck? This sweater is enormous. It is so big it ougrew my knitting bag, which is no tiny thing. How did she look at this completely gigantic and looooooooong sweater and decide it was for me? Sigh. Must join a gym.


Michael said...

This might be completely out there, but on the other hand, you might like it.

P.S. Am a big fan of your podcast.

Julia said...

Hey Lara!

I've got a knitting/math issue I was hoping you could help me out with: How do you figure out how large of a garment you can get out of x amount of yarn when you're not using a pattern? For example, I keep picking up sock yarn at thrift stores. I was thinking of making a sweater vest out of it, but I don't want to begin the sweater and then run out of yarn (especially when it's vintage and I can't buy more!). I hope you can figure out what I mean!

Thanks for all your past solutions - keep it up!