There was a cancellation in Susan Rainey’s Zipper insertion class at the Yarnery, so I got to attend. I have inserted many zippers, both in fabric and in sweaters. It would be charitable to say the zipper jobs in my sweaters range from crap to barely acceptable. That’s why I use a facing.
Susan is the QUEEN of finishing. Her attention to detail and the ability to stick to it amazes me. For me, F doesn’t stand for fine finishing, it stands for fudge factor.
I don’t often get to take knitting classes, and it was fun. I was the bad student however. I cut the zipper in the wrong way, my homework was wrong, and I was even late to class. (I was buying mousetraps at the hardware store and stopped to check out the sheep in their petting zoo. Seriously. I think it was some kind of Hallowe’en promotion.)
Even though I was the lame one, I learned some great techniques. One good tip? Use thread that matches the zipper, not the sweater. As in, don’t do what is in the photo below.
Since I like zippers in sweaters, I hope I’ll have a chance to test them out. I have no hope, however, that my zippers will look like Susan’s. Her zippered sweaters are perfect. Susan also mentioned that Techknitter will have an article in the Winter Interweave Knits on “how to install zippers with absolutely **no** sewing.” We speculated on what that might possibly be. I suggested a glue gun, but I may be wrong. Looking forward to seeing that issue.
Still no frost here. The weather has been beautiful, and I took a great 5th grader out horseback outing on a gorgeous afternoon a few days ago. Here she is trying to turn Nick to the camera.
We went on a trail ride, at one point she looked out over the lake, sighed and said, “I feel like the Queen of the World.” Don’t you think everyone should get to feel that way sometimes?